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Antiion H. Lund General Superintendent 

Rudger Clawson . . First Assistant General Superintendent 
Hyrum M. Smith. . .Second Asst. General Superintendent 
Edwin S. Sheets Secretary 

Horace H. Cummings, 

Rnlon S. Wells, 
J. W. McMurrin, 
John Henry Evans, 
Wm. A. Morton, 
Joseph J. Cannon, 
George Albert Smith, 
C. W. Penrose, 
O. F. Whitney, 
Tames E. King, 

George F. Richards, 
Heber J. Grant, 
Anthony W. Ivins, 
George H. Brimhall. 
Joseph F. Smith. Jr., 
P. J. Jensen, 
Willard Young, 
James E. Talmage, 
N. Andrew Jensen, 
Guv C. Wilson. 



. The organization of the Religion Classes is much like 
that of other organizations in the Church ; that is, there are 
general, stake, and ward officers. 

The general organization comprises a superintendency 
of three, a secretary, and a board. This board holds a 
monthly session ; at present it is the first Wednesday of each 
month. Of the twenty-four persons on the present general 
board two are members of the First Presidency, nine are 
Apostles, and two are First Presidents of Seventy. The 
names of the General Board may be found after the title 
page of this outline of lessons. 

The stake organization consists of a superintendent, 
two assistants, a secretary, and where necessary, a board 
of aids. The superintendent must be a man, and it is 
desirable that his assistants also be men ; but the latter may 
be women. According to a recent action of the General 
P)Oard of Education, the stake superintendent is a member of 
the stake Board of Education. The Religion Classes being 
part of the Church school system, the stake organization has 
always been closely connected with the stake v Board of Edu- 
cation. In practically all the stakes there are monthly union 
meetings, which are attended by stake and ward workers, 
and where plans are discussed and suggestions made for the 
general progress. Some stakes continue thus during the 
summer months when the classes are not in session, and this 
idea is warmly commended by the General Board. 

The ward organization consists of a principal, who acts 
without assistants, and a corps of instructors. These may 
be either men or women. There are four .departments to 
be conducted — the primary, which includes children found 
in the first two grades of the dfstrict school ; the first inter- 
mediate, which includes those in the third and fourth grades ; 


Th« Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day SalnSe 

second intermediate, pupils of the fifth and sixth grades ; the 
advanced, which comprises those in the seventh and eighth 
grades. Of course, this division of pupils is only suggestive, 
though it will be found generally the most convenient; and 
the officers may make such other groupings, if necessary, as 
local conditions may require. 


A Religion Class recitation takes the form of six steps. 
They are (1) singing. (2) prayer, (3) memory exercise. 
( 4 ) a lesson on some practical aspect of duty with a view 
to establishing faith and right-living, (5) testimony-bearing, 
and (6) singing and the benediction. The class remains 
in session about thirty minutes in the primary grade and 
about forty minutes in the others. Of this time, the third 
and fourth steps occupy about twenty minutes, and the fifth 
step about five minutes — enough time, that is, for three or 
four children to bear their testimonies, — leaving the rest of 
the time to be divided among the other three steps. 

The first step, as already stated, is singing. Each song 
is thoroughly learned by heart and its meaning explained to 
the children, if that meaning is not otherwise perfectly ob- 
vious. No musical instrument is used. The children lead 
the singing, one of them volunteering to stand before the 
class for this purpose. In this way all the members of the 
class obtain practice in pitching tunes and conducting. Such 
singing exercises as are needed in order to learn new songs 
or practice old ones, are taken here. 

The second step is prayer. As in the first step, the 
teacher asks for volunteers to lead. The child who volun- 
teers, comes before the class, utters the prayer in his own 
simple words, phrase by phrase, and the class repeats each 
group of words in concert. Tf the instructor cannot get 
any one to volunteer to pray, he opens the class with prayer 
himself. But this is only at first, when the children are 
more or less diffident. In case the teacher offers the praver 
he makes it short and s'mple so as not to .discourage the 
efforts of the class. 

The third step is a memory exercise. The passage to 

be learned is committed to memory in the class. Generally 
it has a close bearing" on the lesson for the day. Some pre- 
fer to have the memory gem after the next step as a kind of 
summary of what has been learned, and there can be no 
objection to this where it is done with such specific purpose. 
The manner in which the memory gem is learned is gen- 
erally this : The instructor gives as much of the quotation 
as the class can easily keep in mind, then they repeat the 
phrases ; the teacher goes on to the next convenient group 
of words, which is likewise repeated by the class ; then the 
two groups of words are given by the children ; and so on 
till the whole passage has been learned. Of course, the 
teacher will have thoroughly learned the memory gem before 
coming to the class. In this step, therefore, the memory 
power of the children is trained, while it is most suspectible 
of discipline, and at the same time they are supplied with 
beautiful gems of thought which may be of inestimable ser- 
vice to them later in life. Matthew Arnold used to say that 
everyone should learn a few choice lines of poetry from 
the masters in order that he might have a standard by which 
to measure other poetry. This step in Religion Class is 
admirably adapted for such a purpose. 

The fourth step contains the lesson proper. Here the 
subject-matter, the main thought, is developed, and accord- 
ingly demands the greater part of the recitation. There is no 
outside preparation required on the part of the pupils, ex- 
cept in the way of doing something practical between ses- 
sions of the class ; there is no book preparation on their part. 
The lessons are made as concrete as possible, with plenty of 
narrative and illustrations, so that the interest of the children 
may be secured. 

The fifth step is testimony-bearing. This is an out- 
growth of the fourth. If one has done right, what is more 
natural than to testify to the good feelings one has experi- 
enced in doing it? The subject just discussed in the preced- 
ing step nearly always furnishes suggestions for proper tes- 
timonies. Of course, the children are not expected to testify 
that they know personally of the existence of God or the 
divine mission of the Prophet Joseph, though there have 
been very young children that have done this from per- 

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sonal knowledge. Whatever the class have themselves ex- 
perienced, however remarkable or unusual, is legitimate 
material for testimony. The child has clone something for 
his parents — made a sacrifice of .personal interest for them ; 
— this has resulted in a certain uplift of his feelings ; ac- 
cordingly, he may tell the class what that was and how well 
he felt about the action — a good testimony. Or he has been 
taught to pray and has received an answer to prayer ; here is 
an opportunity for an expression of the incident and feelings. 
A testimony actually given by a boy in a Religion Class may 
be cited. He attended the public school. He found his les- 
sons all very hard for him. Being a member of a Religion 
Class, he there was taught to pray over anything with which 
he had trouble. He prayed that the Lord would make his 
lessons easier, so that he might be able to carry them. An 1 
his testimony was that the Lord had answered his prayer. 
Generally the teacher is required "to kindle the fire," so to 
speak, to arouse and direct the interest of the class in a few 
timely words. The children are quick to respond when they 
have been warmed. 

The sixth step is a combination of the first and second 
steps — singing and the benediction. Sometimes part of a 
song is sung at the opening and the rest here. The manner 
of conducting this step is the same as that of the first. 

One further thought may be put plainly. It is neces- 
sary for the teacher to do some hard thinking in order to 
present these lessons properly. Don't expect to find in books 
much of the material to be given your class. It is, on the 
contrary, to be found in your own experience and reflection, 
in the needs and the environment of the children you teach. 
Seek to become acquainted with the individual needs of 
your class, look into your own mind and heart and experi- 
ence, and then, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, en- 
deavor to supply those needs. Take the subject of praver. 
for instance. It would be the veriest folly to "read up" on 
this topic and present to a class the results of one's reading. 
The teaching would most likely be drv and labored beyond 
expression. It is rather a thing to think out for oneself. 
Resides, the subject is really not hard to develop after one 
has thought much about it. What is prayer? What things 

should we pray for? To whom should we pray? Is there 
any definite way in which prayer is answered ? What are the 
kinds of prayer? These and many other questions easily 
suggest material for several recitations. And so it is with 
other subjects in Religion Class. 

But this does not mean that the teacher should not read 
and study much. As a rule, the wider the information of 
the teacher, the better off he will be for illustrative material ; 
he will have a readier means of conducting an interesting- 
recitation. What is meant is that he should not read this, 
that, or the other article on any given subject and seek to 
present to his class just what he had read. His reading 
should first be absorbed : nto his own thought-material, di- 
gested thoroughly, and then it may be given out with the 
same effect as if it originated with him. 


The aim and object of this work is not so much to 
teach pupils to know as to lead them to do and to form 
proper habits of life. This thought should be constantly in 
the mind of the teacher. 

Each of these lessons has for its purpose the forming 
of some religious habit. Bend all efforts in that direction. 

These lessons are suggestive only. Watch the needs 
of your -pupils and supply them if necessary by lessons of 
your own make. 

To encourage the proper application of these lessons 
review at the beginning of each session the assignment of 
outside work given at last meeting. 

All work outside of class should consist not in the 
preparation of lessons, but in the practical applicat : on of 
truths learned. 

Teachers, remember that the course is a training in 
practical works and habits and not merely the teaching of 
gospel lessons. Training in proper religious hab : ts is tli : 
work of the Religion Classes. 

Habits depend upon many successful repetitions of th • 
same act. Therefore review much. 

Character is the sum total of our habits of thought and 

The religious habits of life should be well establishe 1 in 
the years of childhood. 

These lessons are not intended to be taught and passed, 
but to be practiced bv teachers and pupils till they result in 

The principle of unity in these lessons is religious life, 
not logical relationship. 

Fir^t and Second Grades 

Lesson 1 — Home. Mother-Love. 

Thought for the teacher : The mother is the child's 
first God. His first relation to her is that of entire de- 
pendence. God is an extension of his mother. The child's 
mother represents food, warmth, comfort, love, everything. 
The idea the child gets is that God is like his mother and 
father. The child's first interpretation of the presence of 
God in his life is that of Provider, Comforter, Protector. 

Truth to be taught: "Honor thy father and thy 

Song: First verse of "Loving mother, kind and true." 
(Primary Song Book, No. 30.) 

Prayer in concert, led by one of the pupils. 

Practice second verse of opening song. 

Memory gem: "Honor thy father and thy mother." 

Ask questions like the following: Have any of you a 
baby brother or sister at home? What do mothers do for 
their babies? What did your mother do for you before you 
came to school this morning? What, do you think, your 
mothers are doing now? 1 Were any of you ever sick? 
What did your mothers do for yon then ? Why do mothers 
( 1 o all these things for their children? 

( Show picture of Hannah, her little boy, Samuel, and 
Eli. ) Look at this picture. Tell me what you see. The 
man is Eli. He is a high-priest of the Lord. The woman 
you see kneeling before the good priest is Hannah, and the 
little child' is her son. His name is Samuel. What is the 
priest's name? What is the woman's name? What is the 
name of the little boy ? I am going to tell you a story about 
this loving mother and her little son. 


Many, many years ago, in a country far from here, 
there lived, up in the mountains, a man named Elkanah. 
He had two wives. One of these wives had children, but 
the other, whose name was Hannah, had no child. Every 
year this man and his family went to the tabernacle to wor- 
ship the Lord. On one of these visits Hannah was silent and 
very sorrowful. She sat with her friends, but she was so 
sad she could not eat. What, do you think, was the cause 
of her sorrow? Yes, she was sorrowful because she had not a 
little child of her own to nurse and tend with a mother's 
love. Your mothers would feel very sad if they had no little 
children to love and take care of. 

When the meal was over, Hannah went away by her- 
self. She went to the tabernacle, and there she saw the 
aged priest. Eli, sitting at the door in his chair. He was 
dressed in a robe of purple and gold, and had a white cloak. 
1 lannah drew near the door of the tabernacle. She was 
crying. She knelt down in the white sunshine and began 
to pray. What did she pray for? Yes, she prayed to God 
that she might have a little boy. and she would give him to 
the Lord, to be a priest in the tabernacle. 

Eli saw Hannah and spoke kindly to her. She told 
him about her sorrow — because she had no child to love — 
and that she had prayed to God to give her a baby boy. The 
good priest said, "Go in peace. May God grant thee thy 
desire." What did Eli mean? How did Hannah feel when 
she heard the priest's words? Yes. his words made her 
glad. She went back to her friends, her face beaming with 
joy, and sat down and ate food. Early the next morning 
she went with the people to worship before the great tab- 
ernacle. She was not crying this time : she felt happy, for 
she believed her prayer would be answered. 

When their worship was ended, the people took down 
their tents, tied them upon the backs of donkeys and camels. 
and streamed away to their homes. Hannah was verv happy 
as she rode along. The lilies and tulips and daisies seemed 
to smile at her and to whisper to her that in a short time she 
would hold in her arms, pressed close to her heart, a dear. 
sweet, baby boy of her own. So she returned home, and 

From "Hulbert's Story of the Bible," 

Copyright, The John C. Winston Co. 


with a glad heaft resumed her spinning and weaving, grind- 
ing Hour and baking, and making butter and cheese. 

And the clay came when her prayer was answered — 
the Lord blessed her with a baby boy. She called him Sam- 
uel, which means, "Asked of God." Hannah did not go up 
to the tabernacle for three years. She stayed at home and 
took care of her child. Three happy years passed. At the 
end of that time the little child could run about and talk 
and shout. Then the time came when Hannah must keep 
the promise she had made the Lord. What was the prom- 
ise? Yes, it was that she would give her child to Him, to 
be a priest in the temple. With her husband and child she 
went to the tabernacle at Shiloh. There she saw again 
the aged priest, Eli, sitting in the shadow of the tabernacle 
door. Holding her darling child by the hand, she approached 
Eli and said, "My lord, I am indeed the woman who stood 
by thee praying to God. I prayed for this child, and God 
gave me my desire, and I have given him to God as long as 
he shall live." ''And as Eli looked at the mother and child 
he was pleased, and took the little boy to himself and 
blessed her. With bowed head and falling tears she wor- 
shiped at the tabernacle door, for she had given up the 
greatest treasures of her life." 

Testimonies : Lead the children to tell of ways in which 
they can show their love for their mothers. 

Song: Second verse of opening song. 

Benediction in concert, led by one of the pupils. 

Lesson 2 — Father-Love. 

Thought for the teacher : 

"Re kind to thy father, for when thou wert voung, 

Who loved thee so fondly as he? 
He caught the first accents that fell from thy tongue. 

And joined in thy innocent glee. 
Be kind to thy father, for now he is old. 

His locks intermingled with gray ; 
His footsteps are feeble, once fearless and bold, 

Thy father is passing away." 


Truth to be taught: "Honor thy father and thy 

Song: First and second verses of "Loving mother, 
kind and true." (Primary Song Book, No. 30.) 

Prayer in concert, led by one of the pupils. 

Practice third verse of opening song. 

Memory gem: "God so loved the world that He gave 
His Only Begotten Son." 

Let the children tell some of the many things their 
fathers do for them. Why do your fathers do these things 
for you ? Let me see the hands of those whose fathers 
have been on a mission. Has any of you a brother or a 
sister who has filled a mission ? Why did they go on a mis- 
sion? What did we learn in our memory gem today? Let 
the children repeat the gem in concert. God so loved us 
that He sent His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, to die for us, 
that we might be saved. How can you show your fathers 
that you love them? How can you show your Heavenly 
Father that you love Him? 

A long time ago there lived in the land of Canaan a 
man named Jacob. He was a good man, and the Lord 
loved him and blessed him greatly. Jacob had two wives, 
Leah and Rachel. He had twelve sons. One of them was 
named Joseph. Jacob loved all his sons, but he had greater 
love for Joseph than for any of the others. Joseph was 
much younger than most of his brothers. He was good and 
faithful and thoughtful. Perhaps these are some of the 
reasons why his father loved him so dearly. And the Lord 
loved Joseph more than any of the sons of Jacob. 

Jacob gave to Joseph a beautiful coat, of bright color, 
with wide sleeves. This made Joseph's older brothers 
envious of him. And there was another thing that made 
them very angry with Joseph. It was this : One day Joseph 
said to his brothers: "I have had a strange dream. I 
dreamed that we were out in the fields binding sheaves. 
Suddenly my sheaf stood up, and all your sheaves came 
and bowed down to my sheaf." On hearing this, Joseph's 
brothers smiled scornfully and said : "Do you suppose the 
dream means that you will some time rule over us, and that 

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we shall bow down to you?" From that time on Joseph's 
brothers spoke roughly to him, and treated him unkindly ; 
but his father loved him, and thought often about his 

One time Joseph's brothers were out in the fields tend- 
ing their sheep. Their father Jacob wished to send a mes- 
sage to them, so he called Joseph to him and said : "I wish 
you would go to your brothers, take a message to them, and 
find if they are well, and if the sheep are doing well, and 
bring me word." Joseph had a long way to go, and all 
alone, too ; but he was a brave boy and could take care of 
himself. So he started on his journey. He went to the 
place where his father told him his brothers were, but he 
could not find them. A man found him wandering in the 
field and asked him who he was seeking. Joseph said, "I 
am looking for my brothers, the sons of Jacob. Can you 
tell me where I will find them?" The man told him they 
had gone to Dotham, fifteen miles away, so Joseph set out 
for that place. When his brothers saw him coming they said 
one to another, "Look, the dreamer is coming. Let us 
kill him and throw him into a pit, and tell his father that 
some wild beast has eaten him." But one of Joseph's broth- 
ers, whose name was Reuben, was more kind-hearted than 
the others, and he said, "Let us not kill our brother, but let 
us put him into this pit, and leave him there to die." Reu- 
ben intended, after his brothers had gone away, to lift Jo- 
seph out of the pit and take him home to his father. So 
Joseph was let down into the pit. 

Later in the day a company of men, with camels, came 
that way. They were going to Egypt, to sell spices and 
gum to the Egyptians. Joseph was taken out of the pit and 
sold to these men, and they took him with them to Egypt. 
He lived in Egypt many years and became a man. 

One night the king of Egypt dreamed a strange dream. 
He related it to his wise men, but they could not tell him 
the meaning of it. Then the king sent for Joseph and told 
the dream to him. Joseph told the king the meaning of his 
dream. It meant that for seven years there would be good 
crops, and plenty of food in the land. Then there would 
be seven years of famine. Joseph advised the king to store 

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up wheat during the seven years of plenty, so that the peo- 
ple might have bread during the seven years of famine. 
Then the king knew that Joseph was a wise and good man, 
and he made Joseph governor over all the land of Egypt. 
The king told Joseph to buy up all the wheat he could get, 
and Joseph did. There were seven good years, and then the 
famine commenced. It lasted seven years. Joseph's broth- 
ers were greatly in need of bread, so they went down to 
Egypt to buy wheat. There they met their brother Joseph, 
but they did not know him. He was, as you heard, the gov- 
ernor, and when they came before him they bowed them- 
selves to the ground. So you see Joseph's dream was ful- 
filled. Then Joseph told them that he was their brother, 
whom they had sold to the merchants, and they all wept for 
joy. He told them to go back and tell their father, and to 
bring him to Egypt. Jacob rejoiced exceedingly when he 
heard that his son Joseph was alive. He and his sons went 
down to Egypt, where they met Joseph, who introduced 
them to the king. They lived happily in Egypt for many 

Questions : Which of his sons did Jacob love best ? 
Why did he love Joseph more than the others ? What did 
he do to show his love for Joseph ? Why was Joseph treated 
so unkindly by his brothers? (Show picture.) Look at 
this picture. Have you ever seen animals like these ? Where 
did you see them ? What is the name of these animals ? 
What is the woman carrying on her head ? Point to Joseph. 
Where is Joseph going? What did the king of Egypt 
dream ? What did Joseph tell the king his dream meant ? 
W^hat did Joseph advise the king to do ? What great honor 
did the king confer on Joseph ? How did Joseph show his 
love for his father and brothers ? 

Testimonies : Lead members of the class to tell of ways 
in which they can show love for their fathers. 

Song : Last verse of opening song. 
Benediction in concert, led by one of the pupils. 


Lesson 3 — On Showing Kindness to Grandparents. 

Thought for the teacher : 

"Speak gently to the aged one, 

Grieve not t the careworn heart; 
The sands of life are nearly run ; 
Let such in peace depart." 

McGuffey's Reader. 

Truth to be taught : "Honor thy father and thy 

Song: First verse of "I thank Thee, dear Father." 
(Primary Song Book, No. 29. ) 

Prayer in concert, led by one of the children. 

Practice second verse of opening song. 

How many of you have a grandma? How many of 
you have a grandpa ? Your grandmas and grandpas love you. 
They have been very kind to you. They took care of your 
mamas and papas when your parents were little chil- 
dren. Now, your grandmas and grandpas are getting old, 
and you should be very kind to them. How can you show 
kindness to them? Yes, and you should speak kindly to 
them. By doing so you will make them happy, and you. 
too, will feel happy. 

I am going to tell you about a little girl who was kind 
to her grandma and grandpa. Her name was Sarah. She 
was eight years of age. She attended Sunday School, Pri- 
mary and Religion Class. And she learned the same lesson 
you are learning today — to — ? 

One morning Sarah's mama said : "Sarah, here is a 
little basket of hot cakes. I want you to take them down 
to grandma and grandpa, for their breakfast." 

Sarah felt very happy, for her grandparents loved hot 
cakes for breakfast. So Sarah took the basket and hur- 
ried off. As she was going down the road she saw a little 
girl, named Mary Brown, standing at the garden gate. 

"Good morning, Sarah," said Mary. 

"Good morning, Mary," said Sarah. 

"Where arc yon going?" Mary asked. 


"I am taking some hot cakes to grandma and grandpa, 
for their breakfast." 

"Hot cakes!" exclaimed Mary; "I love hot cakes; 
give me one." 

"They are not mine," said Sarah. 

"If yon will give me one," said Mary, "I will give you 
this," and she held up a little toy doll. 

"No, I can't give you one," said Sarah. 

"You are a stingy thing," said Mary, as she turned 

Sarah hurried on to the home of her grandparents. 
She found her grandpa sitting on the porch enjoying the 
bright morning sunshine. She went up to him, put her arms 
around his neck and gave him a good-morning kiss. 

"Hush, grandpa," she said. 'Don't speak ; I am going 
to surprise grandma." 

Sarah tip-toed quietly to the door and looked in. 
Grandma was sitting in a chair, reading the Dcscret Nezvs, 
while the breakfast mush was cooking. Sarah slipped up 
behind her, set the basket down on the floor, and clapped 
her hands over her grandma's eyes." 

"Bless my heart!" exclaimed grandma, "who is here? 
Oh, I know — my little girl Sarah." 

"You are right, grandma," said Sarah, and she kissed 
and hugged the dear, old lady. "I have brought you some- 
thing in this basket. I am going to give you three guesses, 
and if you don't guess what they are in three guesses you 
will have to taste them, whether they are bitter or sweet." 

"I think I can guess," said grandma ; "six fresh eggs." 

"You are wrong, grandma,' said Sarah, as she clapped 
her hands with delight. "You have two more guesses, and 
if you don't guess in two guesses you will have to taste 
what I have in the basket, whether they are bitter or sweet." 

"Let me see," said grandma ; "oh, yes, some tomatoes, 
fresh from the vines." 

"Wrong again, grandma." said Sarah, as she danced 
and clapped her hands. Just then grandpa came in, to see 
what was going on. Sarah told him, and the dear old man 
laughed, too. "You will have to be careful this time, 
grandma." he said. "This is vnur Inst chance, you know." 


"Well, I think I can guess right this time," said grand- 
ma. "You have brought me some fresh strawberries." 

"Wrong again, grandma, wrong again !" exclaimed 
Sarah. "Now, you will have to taste them. Close your 
eyes and open your mouth." 

Grandma obeyed. Then Sarah opened the basket, took 
out a cake and put it in grandma's mouth. "Now, grandma," 
she said, "close your mouth." 

Grandma took a bite and then she said, "Bless my dar- 
ling girl, she has brought us hot cakes for breakfast," and 
she took Sarah into her arms and kissed her. 

Sarah stayed and ate breakfast with her grandparents, 
and when the meal was ended she arose and said, "Now, 
grandma, you just sit in your rocking chair and read your 
paper while I wash the dishes." 

Sarah washed the dishes, swept the floor and made up 
the bed. Then she took her basket, kissed her grandma 
and grandpa good-bye. She was just about to leave when 
her grandma stopped her. "Wait a minute, Sarah," grandma 
said, "I have something for you." 

Sarah's grandma went to the drawer and brought out 
three chocolates. "Here are three pieces of candy the gro- 
cer's boy gave me yesterday," she said, as she handed the 
chocolates to Sarah. "You can have two of them ; the 
other one is for your mama." 

Sarah kissed her grandma again and started for home. 
On the way she met Mary Brown. She said to Mary : "I 
am sorry, Mary, I could not give you a hot cake ; but I will 
tell you what I can do : I have three pieces of candy my 
grandma gave me. Two of them are mine, and the other is 
for my mama. I will give you one of my chocolates." 

She opened the basket, took out one of the pieces of 
candy and gave it to Mary. 

Mary felt ashamed, and there were tears in her eyes as 
she said, "Sarah, forgive me for calling you a stingy thing." 

Questions: What do you think of Sarah? What good 
lesson had she learned ? How did she show her love for her 
grandma and grandpa ? How did she feel after doing these 

Testimonies: Lead members of the class to express 


their willingness to be kind to their grandparents and other 
aged people. 

Song: Second verse of opening song. 

Benediction in concert, led by one of the pupils. 

Lesson 4 — On Children Loving Each Other. 

Thought for the teacher : 

"In the cottage there is joy. 

When there's love at home ; 
Hate and envy ne'er annoy. 

When there's love at home. 
Roses bloom beneath our feet. 
All the earth's a garden sweet, 
Making life a bliss complete. 

When there's love at home." 

Truth to be taught : "Little children, love one an- 

Song: First and second verses of "I thank Thee, dear 
Father." (Primary Song Book, No. 29.) 

Prayer in concert, led by one of the pupils. 

Practice third verse of opening song. 

Memory gem : 

"Children, do you love each other? 

Are you always kind and true ? 
Do you always do to others 

As you'd have them do to you?" 

(Show the class the picture "The Selling of Joseph.") 
Here is a picture you saw two weeks ago. And you heard 
the story about the boy who was treated unkindly by his 
brothers. What was the boy's name? Do you see the boy 
in the picture? Point to Joseph. What is the name of the 
animals you see? There are three men in the corner of the 
picture. Two of them are brothers to Joseph. The other 
man is a merchant. What is he giving to Joseph's broth- 
ers? Why is he giving them money? Why was Joseph 
treated so unkindly by his brothers? What do you think 



of Joseph's brothers? How did Joseph treat his brethren? 
What do you think of Joseph? 

Today I am going to tell you about a little girl who 
had a little brother whom she dearly loved. The little girl's 
name was Miriam. She lived many years ago, in a coun- 
try far from here — in Egypt. God's chosen people, the 
Israelites, were living in Egypt at that time. The king of 
Egypt was named Pharaoh. He was a very wicked man. 
He did not like the children of Israel. What, do you think, 
he did? He commanded his soldiers to kill all the little 
baby boys that were born to the Israelites. How many of 
you have a baby brother? How would you feel if your baby 
brothers were going to be killed? Well, Miriam, the little 
girl I am telling you about, had a baby brother. He was a 
dear, sweet baby. His mother was afraid the king's soldiers 
might hear of him and come and take him away and kill 
him, so she hid him three months. Then she saw that she 
could not keep him in hiding any longer. What could she 
do? She thought and thought, and at last she knew what to 
do. She would get some bull rushes and make a little bas- 
ket out of them. Then she would take the basket down to 
the river, put the baby in it and leave him there. She knew 
that the king's daughter would come down to the river to 
bathe, and would see the baby. Perhaps she would save the 
child's life. So the baby's mother got the bull rushes and 
made the basket. She covered it with something that would 
not let the water into it. Then she and Miriam went down 
to the river. The mother placed the baby in the basket and 
left it to float on the river. Then she went home. But 
Miriam stayed behind to watch. 

After a while the king's daughter and her maids came 
down to the river. They saw the basket floating on the 
river. The princess sent one of her maids to bring it to 
her. The basket was brought and in it lay the beautiful 
baby. He was crying for his mother. The heart of the prin- 
cess was touched, and she loved the baby at once. She felt 
that it would be cruel to leave the babe there to die. Just 
then little Miriam came running up. She looked at the baby, 
then at the princess, and said, "Shall I go and find a woman 
to nurse the child and take care of it for vou ?" 



"Yes," said the princess, "go and find a nurse for me." 

Miriam ran home as quickly as she could and brought 
the baby's own mother to the princess. The king's daugh- 
ter said to the woman, "Take this child to your home and 
nurse it for me, and I will pay you your wages." 

How glad the mother was. No one could harm her 
boy now, for he was protected by the king's daughter. 

When the child was large enough to leave his mother, 
the king's daughter took him to the palace, to live with her. 
She named him Moses, which means "Drawn Out," because 
he was drawn out of the water. He became a great man, 
and was chosen by the Lord to lead the children of Israel 
out of Egypt. He had great love for his sister Miriam, 
who had taken care of him when he was a baby and had 
watched him while he lay in the little basket on the river. 

Questions: (Show picture of Moses in the ark of bull- 
rushes.) Here is a picture. What do you see? What is the 
baby lying in? What is the basket made of? Can water 
get into the basket? Why not? What is the name of the 
girl you see? What is she doing? Who is she waiting 
for? What did she do to show her love for her brother? 
What name did the king's daughter give the child ? Why 
did she call him Moses ? When Moses became a man what 
did he do? 

Testimonies: Along line of lesson. 
Song: Third verse of opening song. 
Benediction in unison, led by one of the pupils. 

Lesson 5 — Home Next Door — Our Neighbor. 

Thought for the teacher : 

Let us treat each other kindly, 
We are friends united here, 
Not in ignorance nor blindly. 
But by sacred ties most dear." 

Truth to be taught : Thou shalt love thy neighbor as 


Song: First and second verses of "I thank Thee, dear 
Father." (Primary Song Book, No. 29.) 

Prayer in concert, led by one of the pupils. 

Practice third verse of opening song. 

Memory gem : Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. 

Who do we mean when we say, "our neighbors?" 
We want our neighbors to love and respect us. How can 
we gain their love and respect? There is a little boy in a 
certain ward who has the love and respect of all who know 
him. Pie is always jolly and happy, and he tries to make 
other people happy. One day, when he was returning from 
school, he saw an aged woman trying to get a calf back into 
the corral. The old woman was almost worn out, running 
after the animal. The boy ran and got the calf into the cor- 
ral, and he felt happy when he heard the good woman say. 
"Thank you, little man ; that was a good turn you did me." 

One day a gentleman visited a Sunday School, lie saw 
a little girl, shabbily dressed, and without shoes or stock- 
ings, shrinking in a corner. Her little sunburnt face was 
buried in her hands, and she was sobbing as if her heart 
would break. Soon another little girl got up and went to 
her. She took her by the hand, led her to a brook outside, 
seated her on a log, and, kneeling down beside her. bathed 
her hot eyes and tear-stained face, and smoothed her tan- 
gled hair, in a cheery manner all the while. The little one 
brightened up, the tears all went, and a smile came creeping 
over her face instead. The gentleman stepped forward and 
said, "Is that your sister, my dear?" 

"No, sir," answered the little girl; T have no sister." 

"Oh, one of the neighbor's children," replied the man. 
"A little schoolmate, perhaps?" 

"No, sir; she is a stranger to me. 1 do not know where 
she came from ; I never saw her before." 

"Then how came you to take her out and have such 
a care for her, if you do not know her?" 

"Because she is a stranger, sir, and seemed all alone, 
with nobody to be kind to her." 

Let us repeat our memory gem again : Thou shalt 
love thy neighbor as thyself. Do you know who said this? 
Yes, it was the Lord Tesus. This is one of the command- 


merits of God, and if we desire the Lord to bless us we must 
keep His commandments. One day Jesus told the people 
a beautiful story, and I will tell it to you. 

A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, 
and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his cloth- 
ing, and wounded him, and went away, leaving him half 
dead. And by chance there came down a certain priest that 
way : and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. 
And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and 
looked on him, and passed by on the other side. But a cer- 
tain Samaritan, as he journeyed came where the poor man 
was, and when he saw him, he had pity on him, and went to 
him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and 
set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and 
took care of him. And on the morrow, when he was going 
away, he took out two pieces of money, and gave them to 
the inn-keeper, and said, "Take care of the poor man, and 
whatever you spend I will repay you when I come again." 

"Which of these three men, do you think, was neighbor 
to the man who fell among thieves ?" Jesus asked. A man 
answered, "He that had mercy on him." Then Jesus <said 
to him, "Go and do the same." 

(Show picture of the Good Samaritan.) Here is a pic- 
ture I want you to look at. What do you see in the picture ? 
One of the men is very ill. What has happened to him ? 
You see the man with the long staff in his hand. What did 
he do? What do you think of him? What is the other 
man doing for the wounded man What else did he do? 1 
What do you think of him? 

Testimonies : Lead members of the class to tell of ways 
in which they can show kindness to others. Have them 
repeat in concert the following: 

"Little deeds of kindness. 

Little wdfds of love. 
Help to make earth blossom 

Like the heaven above/' 

Song: Third verse of opening song. 

Benediction in concert, led by one of the children. 


Lesson 6 — On Being Kind to the Poor. . 

Thought for the teacher : "And now, for the sake of 
these things which T have spoken unto you ; that is, for the 
sake of retaining a remission of your sins from day to day, 
that ye may walk guiltless before God, I would that ye 
should impart of your substance to the poor, every man ac- 
cording to that which he hath, such as feeding the hungry, 
clothing the naked, visiting the sick, and administering to 
their relief, both spiritually and temporally, according to 
their wants." ( Mosiah 4:26.) 

Truth to be taught : By showing kindness to the poor 
and the needy, the sick and the afflicted, we win the favor 
and the blessings of the Lord. 

Song: First verse of "Jesus wants me for a sunbeam." 
(Deseret Sunday School Songs, No. 211.) 

Prayer in concert, led by one of the pupils. 

Practice second verse of opening song. 

Memory gem : "He that giveth to the poor lendeth 
to the Lord." 

Lead up to the lesson by asking the children a few 
questions like the following: Do any of you attend fast 
meetings ? Why are they called fast meetings ? Why do 
the Latter-day Saints fast? Did you ever see people give 
money at fast meetings? What was the money for? 

Tell, in your own language, the story of 


T do not think there are any boys and girls who are 
more kind and helpful than Religion Class boys and girls. 
I am sure the lessons they learn in Religion Classes help 

T am going to tell you how a little boy in Salt Lake 
City helped a poor, old lady. One day in Religion Class 
the teacher told the children to think of ways in which they 
could help poor people at Christmas time. One day the lit- 
tle boy T am telling you about said to his mother, "Mother, 
may T have the currants that are growing on the black cur- 


rant bush? 1 want to preserve them." I [is mother gave 
him permission to take the currants, and told him she would 
help him preserve them. The currants filled a two-quart 
bottle. The little boy looked often at them. When Christ- 
mas morning came he took the currants to the meeting- 
house. There he met his Religion Class teacher and the 
members of his class. All the children had brought some- 
thing to give to the poor of the ward. The little boy took 
his bottle of currants to a poor old widow, and when, with 
tears in her eyes, she thanked him and prayed the Lord to 
bless him, he felt well paid for the good turn he had done. 

One day a little boy helped an old. thinly-clad 
woman across an icy street. The poor old lady was scared, 
and did not know which way to go. The boy asked her 
where she wanted to go and she told him. Tie said he was 
going that way and carried her basket. When he got to 
the door of the poor, little house where she lived he went 
in. He wanted to see what kind of a home she had. He 
had never thought that people could be so poor, fie had 
thirty-five cents he had saved, and the money seemed to be 
burning a hole in his pocket. He hurried away, bought a 
little geranium, with a couple of clusters of bright, red blos- 
soms, and returned and gave the flower to the old lady. The 
dear, old woman's joy made him feel very happy. The lit- 
tle flower, with the kindly thought back of it, had done 
more good than food and drink. 

Testimonies : Lead members of the class to tell of 
ways in which they can show kindness to poor people. 

Song: Second verse of opening song. 

Benediction in concert, led by one of the pupils. 

Lesson 7 — -Prayer. 

Thought for the teacher: "Do ye remember to have 
read what Zenos. the prophet of old. has said concerning 
prayer or worship? 

"For he said, Thou art merciful. ( ) (Uu\. for thou hast 
heard my prayer, even when T was in the wilderness ; yea. 
thou wast merciful when 1 prayed concerning those who 
were mine enemies, and thou didst turn them to me; 


"Yea, O God, and thou wast merciful unto me when I 
did cry unto thee in my field ; when I did cry unto thee in 
my prayer, and thou didst hear me. 

'And again, O God, when I did turn to my house thou 
didst hear me in my prayer. 

"And when I did turn unto my closet, O Lord, and 
prayed unto thee, thou didst hear me ; 

"Yea, thou art merciful unto thy children when they 
cry unto thee to be heard of thee, and not of men, and thou 
wilt hear them." (Alma 33 :3-8.) 

Song: First verse of "Little knees should lowly bend." 
(Primary Song Book, No. 19.) 

Prayer in concert, led by one of the pupils. 

Practice second verse of song. 

Memory gem : "Ask and ye shall receive." 

If any of you were hungry, what would. you do? Why 
would you go to your mother? Do you believe your mother 
would give you bread ? Why do you believe your mothers 
would give you food if you were hungry? But there are 
blessings your mothers and fathers cannot give you — they 
cannot give you health and strength. Who gives you 
health and strength? What would you do if you were sick? 
What would the Elders do for you ? Have any of you ever 
been healed by the administration of the Elders? (Let 
children relate experiences.) 

How can we get blessings from the Lord ? What does 
our memory gem say? (Have children repeat in concert.) 

Once there was a little boy in Religion Class who had 
never borne his testimony. One day the teacher said to 
him, "Johnny, we have not heard you bear your testimony 
yet. Haven't you got something to tell us ?" 

"No," said Johnny. "I haven't got anything to tell." 

"Surely you have got some little experience you could 
relate," said the teacher. 

Johnny thought for a moment, and then he said, "I can 
tell you how my prayer was answered once." 

"That will be fine," said the teacher. "I am sure all 
the boys and girls would like to hear it." 

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'"Yes, indeed we would," said several members of the 

"Well," said Johnny, "in company with two other boys 
I went out Eastering one time. We made up our minds that 
we would climb to the top of a mountain, and we did. We 
did not think it was so high till we got to the top. Then 
it was so far to the bottom that we felt dizzy when we 
looked down. 

"We ate our luncheon, rested a while and then decided 
to go back to the city. We were a little scared when we 
looked down the steep mountain. Two of us started. As 
we were running down, a number of large rocks became 
loose and came rolling after us. If some of them had hit 
us we might have been killed. But we got to the bottom 
all right. 

"The other boy stood on the top of the mountain. We 
called to him to come down, but he would not. He was 
afraid some of the rocks might roll down upon him. At last 
he began to cry. We tried our best to get him to come 
down, but he would not. 

"Then I thought of how we could help him — by pray- 
ing for him. So we prayed to the Lord to keep rocks from 
falling while Tommy was coming down. Then I called to 
Tommy: "Come on, Tommy; you will be all right; we 
prayed for you. 

"That took away Tommy's fear. He dried his tears 
and started down the mountain. And what do you think? 
Not a single rock rolled down while he was coming. So 
you see the Lord answered our prayer." 

Questions : What had Johnny failed to do in Religion 
Class? What good lesson had he learned? How did the 
lesson help Tommy? Do you think it helped the boys and 
girls in the Religion Class ? How? 

Testimonies : Lead members of the class to tell how 
they believe this lesson can help them. 

Song: Second verse of opening song. 

Benediction in concert, led by a member of the class. 


Lesson 8 — Faith in God. 

Thought for the teacher : "If any of you lack wisdom, 
let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and 
upbraideth not ; and it shall be given him. 

"But let him ask in faith, nothing doubting. For he 
that wavereth is like a wave of the sea, driven with the wind 
and tossed. 

"For let not that man think that he shall receive any- 
thing of the Lord." (James 5:5-7.) 

Truth to be taught : God is the rewarder of them that 
diligently seek Him. 

Song: First verse of "Because He loves me so." 
(Primary Song Book, No. 3.) 

Prayer in concert, led by one of the children. 

Practice second verse of opening song. 

Memory gem : "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they 
shall see God." 

I am going to tell you today about a little boy named 
Joseph. He lived with his parents, his brothers and sisters, 
in the state of New York. When Joseph was between four- 
teen and fifteen years of age the people where he lived be- 
came very much excited over religion. Almost every eve- 
ning meetings were held in the churches. Joseph's mother, 
one of his sisters and two of his brothers joined one of the 
churches. But Joseph would not join any of them. Can 
you tell the reason why? It was because they all taught 
different doctrines, and he did not know which one was the 
true Church. 

One day Joseph opened the Bible and began to read. 
He soon saw something in it that made him very happy. It 
was a verse of scripture which said : "If any of you lack 
wisdom, let him ask of God." (Have children repeat this 
three times in concert.) This scripture made a great im- 
pression on Joseph's mind. It seemed to say to him : "You 
desire to know which church is the true Church. The Lord 
knows. Ask Him and He will tell you." 

The next morning Joseph arose early and went to a 
small grove near his home. It was a beautiful spring morn- 



ing. The sun was shining brightly, the birds were singing, 
and the air was filled with the fragrance of wild flowers. 
Joseph selected a certain spot in the grove, and there he 
knelt down and began to pray. While he was praying a 
bright light came down out of heaven and rested above his 
head. Joseph looked up at this strange sight. When the 
light reached the top of the trees Joseph saw in the midst 
of it two heavenly Beings. They were like men, but were 
far more beautiful. (Who were they?) Yes, they were 
God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ. Jesus was stand- 
ing beside His Father. The Father pointed to the Son and 
said: "Joseph, this is my beloved Son, hear Him." (Let 
children repeat this in concert.) 

As soon as Joseph was able to speak he asked the Lord 
which of the churches was the true Church. He was sur- 
prised when the Lord told him that all the churches were 
wrong, that they had been established by men ; that none of 
them taught the true Gospel, and that he must not join any 
of them. 

The Lord told Joseph that in due time the true Church 
would be established again on earth, and that if he were 
true and faithful he would be chosen to be its leader and 

And this has come to pass. The true Church was es- 
tablished. It is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day 
Saints, the Church to which we belong. What a good thing 
it is to be members of the true Church ! 

(Show the class the picture of Joseph praying in the 
grove. Look at this picture. What do you see? What is 
the boy's name? What is he doing? Whom is he praying 
to ? What is he praying for ? What happened while Joseph 
was praying? Whom did Joseph see in the midst of the light ? 
What did the Father say to Joseph? What did Joseph ask. 
the Lord? What did Jesus say to Joseph? Has the true 
Church been established ? What is the name of the true 
Church? Are you glad you belong to the true Church? 

Testimonies : Lead members of the class to express 
their thanks and gratitude to the Lord for His blessings. 

Song: Second verse of opening song. 

Benediction in concert, led by one of the pupils. 


Lesson 9 — Faith. 

Thought for the teacher: "If ye have faith as a grain 
of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove 
hence to yonder place, and it shall remove ; and nothing shall 
be impossible unto you." (Matt. 17:20.) 

Truth to be taught: "All things are possible to him 
that believeth." (Mark 9:23.) 

Song: First verse of "Because He loves me so." (Pri- 
mary Song Book, No. 3.) 

Prayer in concert, led by one of the pupils. 

Practice second verse of opening song. 

Memory gem : "The prayer of faith shall save the sick." 

Have any of you ever been sick? What did your 
parents do for you ? What did the Elders of the Church do 
for you? Who did they pray to? In whose name did they 
pray? What did they pray for? (Let members of the 
class tell of blessings they may have received through the 
administration of the Elders.) 

One day a man named Jairus came to Jesus, and falling 
down at the Savior's feet, said, "My little daughter is dying, 
but come and lay your hands on her and she shall live." 
Now, this man had great faith in Jesus. He believed with 
all his heart that if the Lord would go and lay His hands 
on the child, and pray for her, she would get well. Jesus 
rose up at once and went with Jairus, so did Jesus' disci- 
ples. As they were walking along the road a poor woman, 
who had been ill for years, and who had spent all her money 
to pay doctors, but had not been healed by them, came up 
quietly behind Jesus and touched the hem of His robe. She, 
too, had faith in the Lord, for she had heard about some of 
the wonderful things He had done, and she said in her 
heart, "If I may but touch His robe I shall be well." As 
soon as the woman touched the Savior's robe she felt the 
thrill of health throughout her body, and she knew that she 
was healed. There was a large crowd of people and they 
pressed up against Jesus. The Lord stopped and asked, 
"Who touched me?" Those who were near Jesus said they 
had not done so. Then Peter said. "Master, all the people 


press on you ; why do you ask, 'Who touched me ?' ' : But 
Jesus knew that healing power had gone out of Him, anH 
He said, "Some one has touched me." Then the woman 
came tremblingly forward, and kneeling down at the feet 
of Jesus confessed that she had touched His robe, and told 
Him why she had done so. Jesus was pleased with the faith 
the good woman had in Him, and He said to her, "Daugh- 
ter, be of good comfort, your faith has made you well ; go 
in peace." 

Just then messengers came from the home of Jairus. 
They had come to tell the father that his daughter was dead. 
But Jairus' faith did not fail him. He still looked to Jesus 
for help, and he did not look in vain, for the Lord said to 
him, "Be not afraid, only believe." 

On arriving at the home Jesus, accompanied by the 
father and mother, and the Apostles Peter, James and John, 
went into the room where the dead girl lay. The Lord took 
her by the hand and said, "Maid, arise." Immediately the 
girl came to life, and arose and walked. She was weak, and 
needed food, so Jesus told her parents to give her something 
to eat. 

How happy the father and mother were when they saw 
their dear child alive and well ! How they must have thanked 
and praised the Lord for what He had .done for them ! 
And the little girl, how she, too, must have thanked Him ! 
All the days of her life she would love and serve Him ! She 
would tell her friends what the Lord had done for her, and 
they would believe in Jesus and would try to be good, so 
that they might please Him. 

Questions: Why did the man go to Jesus? What 
happened as Jesus was going to the man's home? What 
healed the woman? What did Jesus do when He arrived 
at the home of Jairus? What did Jesus do for the girl? 
How could the girl show her gratitude to the Lord for 
bringing her back to life? Next week I will tell you about 
a little girl in Salt Lake City who was healed through 
the prayer of faith. 

Testimonies : Lead members of the class to express 
their faith in the Lord and in His power to bless them. 


Song : Second verse of opening' song. 

Benediction in concert, led by one of the pupils. If 
there is anyone sick in the ward, request the children to pray 
for him. 

Lesson 10 — Faith. 

Thought for the teacher : "Now faith is the substance 
(assurance) of things hoped for, the evidence of things not 

"But without faith it is impossible to please him ; for 
he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he 
is a rewar.der of them that diligently seek him." (Hebrews 

Truth to be taught: "All things are possible to him 
that believeth." ( Mark 9 :23. ) 

Song: First verse of "Because He loves me so." (Pri- 
mary Song Book, No. 3.) 

Prayer in concert, led by one of the children. If there 
is anyone sick in the ward, have special mention made of 
lr'm in the prayer. 

Practice second verse of opening song. 

Memory gem : "The prayer of faith shall save the 

(Review, by means of the picture, last week's lesson.) 

Last week I promised to tell you today about a little 
girl in Salt Lake City who was saved from death by faith. 
The girl's name is Annie. Her father is an Elder in the 
Church. Some years ago Annie's father was called to go 
on a mission to England. At that time little Annie had 
very poor health. She was so weak and sickly that she had 
to leave school. 

There was sorrow in the home when the time came for 
the missionary to say good-bye to his loved ones. Before 
leaving, he decided to bless each member of his family. 
When he came to Annie he tremblingly placed his hands 
upon her head. He was afraid she might not be alive when 
he returned. The tears coursed down his cheeks while he 


prayed for her. He .prayed in great faith. While he was 
praying the Spirit of the Lord prompted him to say to the 
little girl : "My darling, you shall live to see me again in 
the flesh." The family all felt comforted by these words. 

When the father had been in the mission field about a 
year, little Annie was seized with a severe attack of pneu- 
monia. She had not fully recovered when she was taken 
down with diphtheria. Two good doctors attended her. 
She had also good nursing ; but notwithstanding all this, she 
grew worse. One of the doctors called one evening and 
found her very ill, almost at the point of death. He said 
to Annie's mother : "I am very sorry that I cannot do any- 
thing more towards saving the life of your child. She is 
past all human aid." Then the doctor left. 

The poor mother went to the parlor, and sinking down 
on the floor began to cry bitterly. She prayed the Lord 
to bless and comfort her, and to help her bear patiently the 
great loss which she felt she was about to suffer in the death 
of her child. 

Then she went and sat down beside Annie's bed. The 
little girl opened her eyes and looked into her mother's face. 
"Mama," she said, "what is the matter with you?" 

"Darling," the mother replied, "I am afraid you are 
going to leave me." 

"What do you mean?" asked the child. "Do you mean 
that I am going to die?" 

"Yes, my dear," sobbed the mother, "that is what 1 

"Well, mama," said the little one, "i am not going to 
die. I am going to live, for my papa told me that I would 
live to see him again in the flesh, and I believe what my papa 

The mother was astonished at the child's faith. Here 
was her little one, lying apparently at the point of death, yet 
declaring that she should not die, because her papa had 
promised her that she would live to see him again. 

Suddenly a change came over the child, a change for 
the better, and when the doctor called the next morning he 
was surprised on finding that she was out of danger. She 
improved every hour, and two years later, when the father 


returned from his mission, she went out to meet him, a 
strong, healthy girl. She is a woman now, is married, and 
has a fine baby. She feels very thankful to the Lord for 
sparing her life, and is serving Him by working in the Pri- 
mary Association. 

Questions: What promise has the Lord made us? 
Have class repeat in concert: "The prayer of faith shall 
save the sick." Why did Annie have to leave school? What 
work was her father called to do ? What did he do before 
he left home? How did he feel when he began to bless 
Annie? Why did he cry? What promise did he make 
Annie? What did Annie say when her mother told her she 
was going to die? What, do you think, saved Annie's life? 
How is Annie showing her gratitude to the Lord ? 

Testimonies : Along line of lesson. 

Song : Second verse of opening song. 

Benediction in concert, led by one of the pupils. 

Lesson 11 — Repentance. 

Thought for the teacher : "I say unto you that likewise 
joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more 
than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no re- 
pentance." (Luke 15:7.) 

"Behold, he who has repented of his sins, the same is 
forgiven, and I, the Lord, remembereth them no more." 
(Doc. and Cov. 58:42.) 

Truth to be taught : The Lord will forgive those who 
sincerely repent of their sins. 

Song: First verse of "In our lovely Deseret." (Pri- 
mary Song Book, No. 79.) 

Prayer in concert, led by one of the pupils. 

Practice second verse of opening song. 

Memory gem : "Cease to .do evil, learn to do well." 

Lead up to the lesson by having the children tell how 
they feel when they do wrong — by disobeying their parents 
or teachers, telling falsehoods, getting angry, taking things 
that do not belong to them, etc. 

Tell, in your own language, the following story: 


Many years ago a little boy named Robbie Johnson 
lived with his parents in a small, country town in Utah. He 
was a bright, cheerful, kind, obliging little fellow. Not far 
from the Johnson home there was a neat, little adobe house, 
in which there lived — all alone — a dear old lady named Sis- 
ter Taylor. Her husband was dead, and she had no children 
to help her or to keep her company. And yet she had many 
children, for all the bovs and girls in the town loved her and 
railed her "Grandma Taylor." 

Grandma Taylor had a great liking for Robbie Johnson. 
Every morning he brought her a pint of nr'lk, and he often 
went on errands for her. And Grandma Taylor would say 
to him, "Bless vou, mv darling bov! What would I do 
without vou?" Then Robbie would feel well paid for what 
he had done. But sometimes the dear, old lady gave him 
more than kind words — she gave him nickels and dimes. 

One afternoon, when Robbie was on his way home from 
school, Grandma Taylor called him. She ha.d been watch- 
ing- for him. Robbie ran across the street, and, with a bright 
smile, said, "Well, Grandma, what can T do for you?" 

"I want vou to go to the butcher's and get me a small, 
tender steak for mv supper." She gave Robbie the monev 
for the meat and he hurried off as fast as his legs could 
carry him. 

"Please, Mr. Hyde," he said to the butcher, "I want 
vou to give me a small steak, tender and good for Grandma 

"You shall have the best steak in the shop, Robbie," 
said the butcher, as he set to work to cut a choice piece of 
meat. Then he wrapped the steak up carefully and gave it 
to the boy. 

Robbie took the meat to Grandma Taylor, and was turn- 
ing to hurry home when the good, old lady stoppe'd him. 
Putting her hand in her pocket she drew out what she 
thought was a nickel. She put the coin in Robbie's hand, 
saying, "That will get you a sack of peanuts." 

But Robbie didn't care for peanuts — at that time; lie 
preferred candv, so he hurried off to the co-op. store to pur- 
chase some. He ordered a nickel's worth, and as he handed 
the store-keeper the money he saw that it wasn't a nickel, 


but a five-dollar gold piece. Grandma Taylor had made a 
mistake. And perhaps she wouldn't find it out. Robbie 
thought of many things he could buy with four dollars aid 
ninety-five cents. It seemed to him that he had almost 
enough money to buy out the co-op. store. I le picked Up 
the change, put it in his pocket and went out. If he were 
only sure that Grandma Taylor wouldn't discover the mis- 
take she had made. But he wasn't sure. He discussed the 
matter with himself as he walked along, and by the t : me he 
reached his home he had made up his mind — to keep the 

The next morning, on his way to school, Robbie pur- 
chased more than a dollar's worth of candy, nuts, and pop- 
corn, and treated his schoolmates quite liberally. But for 
some reason the candy, nuts, and popcorn didn't taste as 
good to Robbie as such things had on other occasions. Per- 
haps it was because he had so much, and then, perhaps it 
was because they hadn't been purchased honestly. Going 
home from school that afternoon Robbie went out of his 
way, to avoid passing Grandma Taylor's home. As he was 
crossing a vacant lot an angry dog ran at him, and might 
have bitten him had the owner of the dog not come out of 
the house at that moment and called the dog back. 

The following morning Robbie got his sister to take 
the milk to Grandma Taylor. On his way to school he 
bought a dollar's worth of bananas. He gave some 
to his playmates, but he ate so many himself that he became 
sick and had to go home. 

Before the end of the week every penny of the 
five dollars had been spent, and instead of getting a 
lot of pleasure out of the money Robbie had experienced 
a great deal of unhappiness. But the worst was yet to 
come. Saturday evening he went to bed earlier than usual. 
He lay and thought about what he had done during the 
week, and the remembrance of it kept him awake, for hours. 
It was past midnight when he fell asleep. He had slept less 
than an hour when he awoke with a scream that brought 
his father and mother quickly to his bedside. Robbie had 
dreamed a terrible dream. He dreamed that he had stolen 
a sum of money and that the sheriff and deputy sheriff were 


hunting' him. He was hiding in a hay-loft, hoping the 
officers wouldn't find him. But they had got on his trail. 
They traced him to his hiding place and caught him. It 
was at that moment that Robbie had screamed. His mother 
put her loving arms around him, calmed his fears and gave 
him another good-night kiss. 

Another week passed and each day brought to Robbie 
sorrow and regret. Then school closed for the summer va- 
cation. One morning, immediately after breakfast. Robbie 
went to the home of Brother Dixon. He told the farmer he 
had heard that he wanted boys to thin beets and would like 
to get a job. Brother Dixon engaged him. The hot sun 
didn't seem to bother him at all. All the while he was at 
work he had a good thought in his mind, that helped him 

When his work was finished and Robbie received his 
wages, he went to Grandma Taylor and placed in her hand 
a five-dollar gold piece. He told her the mistake she had 
made, the ways in which he had spent the money, and the 
unhappy hours that had followed. 

Tears glistened in the dear old lady's eyes as she took 
hold of his hand, and looking down into his now happy face 
she said, "Bless you, my darling' boy ; how I have missed 
you !" 

Questions : Why .did Grandma Taylor like Robbie 
Johnson ? How did she reward him for going on errands ? 
How did he feel after spending the money? Why did he 
go home another way? How was he punished for his dis- 
honesty? How do you think he felt after? 

Testimonies : Lead three or four of the pupils to ex- 
press desires to do right, and to be honest and true. 

Song: Second verse of opening song. 

Benediction in concert, led by one of the pupils. 


Lesson 12 — Forgiveness. 

Thought for the teacher: "My disciples, in days of 
old, sought occasion against one another, and forgave not 
one another in their hearts, and for this evil they were af- 
flicted, and sorely chastened: 


"Wherefore I say unto you, that ye ought to forgive 
one another, for he that forgiveth not his brother his tres- 
passes, standeth condemned before the Lord, for there re- 
maineth in him the greater sin." (Doc. and Cov. 64:8,9.) 

Truth to be taught : If we do not forgive others their 
trespasses, the Lord will not forgive us." 

Song: First verse of "Jesus once was a little child." 
(Primary Song Book, No. 16.) 

Prayer in concert, led by one of the pupils. 

Practice second verse of opening song. 

Memory gem : "Forgive us our debts as we forgive 
our debtors." (Explain to the children the meaning of this 

One of the lessons Jesus wants us all to learn and prac- 
tice is — Forgiveness. Now, you. know, sometimes boys and 
girls do things that are wrong, and thus make their parents 
feel bad. When boys and girls do something that wounds 
the feelings of their parents, what should these boys and 
girls do? Then what should their parents do? Jesus said 
that if we do not forgive those who trespass against us, 
our heavenly Father will not forgive us our trespasses. So 
you see, we must forgive if we expect to be forgiven. Jesus 
set us a splendid example. When the wicked men were put- 
ting the Savior to death upon the cross, He prayed to His 
Father in heaven, saying, "Father, forgive them, for they 
know not what they do." And as Jesus freely forgave those 
who were putting Him to death, so we should forgive those 
who offend us. I heard a short time ago about a little girl 
named Lily. One day when she came home from school she 
said to her mother: "Mother, there is such a disagreeable 
girl at school ; she pulled my hair this morning and called 
me a cry-baby. I wish Mrs. Marshland would send her 
away from our school." 

"What is the matter of the dreadful girl, and where 
docs she live?" asked Mrs. Rushton, Lily's mother, putting 
her arm around her little daughter in token of sympathy. 

"She is called Dora Hilton, and lives in Grange Road, 


with her grandmother. I think her father and mother are 

"Poor child!" said Mrs. Rushton. 

"Mother, why do you call her 'poor child'?" cried Lily, 
excitedly ; "she is my enemy." 

"Isn't she a poor child if she has no parents? Now, 
suppose you were to turn this enemy into a friend ?" 

"Oh, mother, I couldn't." 

"I think you could. What did Jesus tell us to do to 
our enemies ?" 

"He told us to love them," answered ^ily, hanging her 
head ; "but really I could never love Dora Hilton." 

"Have you tried?" asked Mrs. Rushton, gravely. 
"When Dora pulled your hair and said rude things what 
did you do?" 

"I — I made faces at her," stammered Lily, ashamed at 
the recollection. 

"That was not very kind. Well, now, tomorrow try a 
different plan. Watch for an opportunity to help Dora in 
some way, and if she speaks rudely, answer pleasantly." 

Lily thought this advice very har^ 1 to follow, but re- 
solved to try. 

The very next day came ar opportunity. Dora had 
forgotten her spelling book, and tried to borrow one, in 
order to look over her lesson before the class met. 

But none of the girls would lend her a book, for they 
all disliked Dora. 

Lily hesitated a moment, and then went quietly to her. 
"You may have my book," she said pleasantly. "I know my 

Dora looked very much surprised, but took the book 
without even saying, "Thank you," and Lily felt just a lit- 
tle mortified. 

That night Lily added to her usual evening prayer 
these words: "Heavenly Father, help me to love my en- 
emy !" and somehow she felt verv happy as she crept into 


For several days Lily continued to do little kindnesses 
for her disagreeable school-fellow, whenever she found an 
opportunity, but without much apparent result. 

One afternoon, as she was walking home from school, 
she heard a voice calling, "Lily — Lily Rushton, wait for me, 
I want to speak to you." 

It was Dora, who came up breathless with the haste 
she had made. "Tell me why you have been so pleasant to 
me this week," she began abruptly. 

"Because I want to make you my friend instead of my 
enemy," answered Lily, quaintly. Then, seeing that Dora 
looked puzzled, she told her what Mrs. Rushton had ad- 

"1 would like very much to be your friend," cried Dora. 
"1 will never be mean to you again." 

Questions: How did Dora hurt Lily's feelings? How 
did Lily feel towards Dora? In what way did she want her 
punished? What did Airs. Rushton advise Lily to do? 
What do you think of Lily's mother? What did Lily do 
when Dora pulled her hair? What do you think of Lily's 
conduct? How should Lily have treated Dora? What help 
did Lily get besides her mother's good advice? What effect 
did Lily's conduct have upon Dora? 


Song: Second verse of opening song. 

Benediction in concert, led by one of the pupils. 

Lesson 13 — Baptism. 

Thought for the teacher : Baptism is a Divine law. It 
must, therefore, be performed by one having authority from 
God and in a manner acceptable to Him. 

Truth to be taught : In order to enter into the King- 
doin of God, one must believe and be baptized. 

Song: First verse of "Because He loves me so." (Pri- 
mary Song Book, No. 3.) 


Prayer in concert, led by one of the pupils. 

Practice second verse of opening song. 

Memory gem : "He that believeth and is baptized shall 
be saved." 

Lead the children up to the lesson by asking them if 
they have ever attended a baptismal service. If so, let them 
give an account of the same. Then tell, in your own lan- 


In the great city of Jerusalem lived many people. But 
I hey were not happy. They had forgotten their Heavenly 
Father and did not keep His commandments. What, do 
you think, they had failed to do? Yes, they had failed to 
attend to their prayers, to go to meeting, and to keep the 
Sabbath day hoi}'. Yet the Heavenly Father still loved 
them, and because of His great love He was going to send 
His Son Jesus to them. And Jesug - would teach them con- 
cerning the Kingdom of God. Now, all who belong to that 
Kingdom are happy. Why are they happy? Let the chil- 
dren express their thoughts. But the people of Jerusalem 
could not belong to the Kingdom of God until they turned 
away from their wickedness. So they were not ready for 
Jesus. Something had to be done. Yes, and the Heavenly 
Father had prepared a man to do it. 

In the desert country, outside the great city of Jeru- 
salem, lived a man named John. He lived alone in the wil- 
derness. IPs food was locusts and wild honey. (Describe 
the locust. ) His clothes consisted of a camel's skin, caught 
in by a leathern girdle. John loved the Lord and spent his 
time in study and prayer. So he was blessed with great 
wisdom and understanding. Therefore, he knew that Jesus 
would soon come to earth. This man was called to go to 
the great city of Jerusalem and prepare the way for the 
coming of Christ. 

John came to the banks of the river Jordan, which ran 
just outside the city. Very strange he looked in his dress 
of camel's skin. The people wondered who he was and 


*>om whence he had come. Still greater was their wonder 
when he commenced to speak. Never before had they 
heard such words. John spoke with great power. He said 
to the people, "Repent, ye, for the kingdom of heaven is at 
hand." But they did not understand. He went on talking; 
they listened. He told them the things they did were dis- 
pleasing in the sight of the Lord ; that they must change 
their ways or they would never get into the Kingdom of. 
God. The people wondered who it was that dared talk to 
them so. Rut John went on. They listened again. John 
told them concerning the Lord's great love for them, and 
that they would be forgiven and greatly blessed if they 
would turn to the Lord and serve Him. 

On hearing these words many people were sorry be- 
cause of the wicked things they had done, and they asked 
John what they should do in order to please the Lord and 
to be forgiven. He told them to repent and to be baptized. 
Then they requested John to baptize them, so that their sins 
might be washed away. John was pleased when he heard 
this. He went down into the river Jordan, and as many 
of the people as were sorry for what they had done, and 
wanted to serve the Lord, he took, one by one, and lowered 
down into the water, until they were completely covered. 
Then he raised them up out of the water. This was a sign 
that their sins were washed away, that the Lord had for- 
given them. Tt was now their .duty to serve God and keep 
His commandments. 

John told them that he could baptize them with water 
only, but that when Jesus would come they would receive 
the Holy Spirit, and then they would belong to the Kingdom 
of God. 

Questions: Why was John sent to the city of Jeru- 
salem ? What did he tell the people to do ? What does re- 
pentance mean? How did John baptize the people? For 
what purpose did he baptize them? What did he say Jesus 
would do when He came? Would you feel like forgiving 
« boy who struck you, if he continued to do so in a bad 

Testimonies : Lead members of the class to express 


their belief in baptism, also their desire to be baptized when 
eight years of age. 

Song: Second verse of opening song. 

Benediction in concert, led by one of the children. 

Lesson 14- — Baptism. 

Thought for the teacher : "Verily, verily I say unto 
thee, except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he 
cannot enter into the Kingdom of God." (John 3:5.) 

Truth to be taught : Baptism in water is essential to 

Song: First verse of "Because He loves me so." (Pri- 
mary Sorig Book, No 3.) 

Prayer in concert, led by one of the pupils. 

Practice second verse of opening song. 

Memory gem : "Except a man be born of water and 
of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the Kingdom of God." 


One day, when John was baptizing in the river Jordan, 
Jesus came to him to be baptized. John, knowing how good 
Jesus was, said, "I have need to be baptized by you. Why 
do you come to me ?" But Jesus told John that He had to 
be baptized in order to fulfill all righteousness. Then John 
knew that it was right for Jesus to be baptized, so he took 
the Lord down into the river and buried Him in the water. 
As Jesus came up out of the water, the heavens were opened, 
and the Holy Spirit, in the form of a dove, descended and 
rested on Him, and at the same time the voice of God was 
heard, saying, "This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well 
pleased." Then John knew that Jesus was God's son, the 
Savior of the world. 

Where did John baptize ? Why did he baptize in the 
river? Plow did he baptize? Why did Jesus have to be 
baptized? What happened when Jesus came up out of the 
water? How do people receive the Holy Spirit now? 


One day, when Jesus was in Jerusalem, a rich man 
named Nicodemus came to see Him. Nicodemus was a 
good man; he was a ruler, and also a teacher, of the Jews. 
He had heard about the wonderful things the Savior had 
done, and he believed that Jesus was a Teacher sent from 
God. He did not come to Jesus in the day time, for many 
of the Jews did not like Jesus because He reproved them 
for evil things they had done. Jesus told Nicodemus many 
things. He told him that "God so loved the world that He 
gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in 
llis should not perish, but have everlasting life." lie also 
told him that except a man were born of water, and of the 
Spirit — that is, baptized in water, and receive the Holy Spirit 
— he could not enter into the Kingdom of God. Jesus had 
to be baptized in order to fulfill all righteousness. God is 
pleased with all those who repent of their sins and who are 
baptized in the same way in which Jesus was baptized — by 
being buried in water, by a true servant of the Lord. He 
has promised to give the Holy Spirit to all those who are 
baptized in this manner. 

Why didn't Nicodemus come to Jesus in the day 
time? What did Jesus tell Nicodemus? What did the Lord 
mean by being born of the water, and of the Spirit? What 
has the Lord promised to give to those who are baptized in 
the same way in which He was baptized ? At what age are 
children baptized? 

Testimonies : Along same line as last week. 

Song: Second verse of opening song. 

Benedicton in concert, led by one of the pupils. 

Lesson 15 — The Laying on of Hands for the Gift of 
the Holy Ghost. 

Thought for the teacher : "And their children shall be 
baptized for the remission of their sins when eight years 
old, and receive the laying on of the hands." (Doc. and 
Gov. 68:27.) 

Truth to be taught: The Elders of the Church have 


authority from the Lord to lay on hands for the giving of 
the Holy Ghost. ("But now I give unto thee a command- 
ment, that thou shalt baptize by water, and they shall receive 
the Holy Ghost by the laying on of the hands, even as the 
apostles of old." — Doc. and Cov. 35:6.) 

Song: First verse of "Jesus, unto Thee, I pray." (Pri- 
mary Song Book, No 14.) 

Prayer in concert, led by one of the pupils. 

Practice second verse of opening song. 

Memory gem : "We believe that the first principles 
and ordinances of the Gospel are : first, faith in the Lord 
Jesus Christ; second, repentance; third, baptism by immer- 
sion for the remission of sins ; fourth, laying on of hands 
for the gift of the Holy Ghost." 

Lead up to the lesson by asking a few questions like the 
following': How many of you have attended fast meetings? 
Did you see any little boys or girls there who had just been 
baptized ? What had they come to fast meeting for ? What 
(lid the Elders of the Church do for them? (They con- 
firmed them members of the Church.) What did the Elders 
say to the children? (Have class repeat in concert: "Re- 
ceive ye the Holy Ghost." ) What happened after Jesus had 
been baptized? The Holy Spirit, in the form of a dove, 
rested upon Him, and the voice of God was heard, saying : 
"This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." 
(Have the children repeat this in concert.) 

While Jesus was with His .disciples on earth they did 
not need the Holy Spirit. The Lord was their Teacher and 
Guide. But Jesus knew that when He returned to His 
Father in heaven the disciples would need the Holy Spirit, 
to comfort them, to teach them the things of God, to assist 
them in preaching the Gospel, and to help them in many 
other ways. And so the Lord promised the disciples that 
He would not leave them alone, but would send the Holy 
Spirit, the Comforter, to them. He told them to stay in 
Jerusalem until they received the gift of the Holy Ghost. 
O how happy the disciples were when they heard this ! 

The same day in which Jesus arose from the dead He 


appeared to His disciples as they were assembled in a room. 
He showed them His hands and feet and they saw the 
wounds the nails had made. Jesus said to the disciples, 
''Peace be unto you." Then He breathed on them and said : 
"Receive ye the Holy Ghost." 

After Jesus had ascended into heaven the disciples re- 
turned to Jerusalem, as the Lord had commanded them. 
They went to a house, and there they prayed to God for 
the great blessing Jesus had promised them. What was the 
blessing? And while they were praying "suddenly there 
came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing nrghty wind, 
and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And 
there appeared unto them cloven tongues, like as of fire, and 
it sat upon each of them ; and they were all filled with the 
Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the 
Spirit gave them utterance." That day will never be for- 
gotten by the disciples of Jesus. It was one of the greatest 
and happiest days of their lives. How they must have 
thanked and ,pra : sed God for the precious gift He had given 
them — the gift of the Holy Spirit. 

Some time after this a servant of the Lord, named 
Philip, went to the city of Samaria and preached the Gospel 
there. Many people believed the things which Philip told 
them and were baptized. But they did not receive the Holy 
Spirit, for Philip did not have authority to lay on hands for 
the gift of the Holy Ghost. When the apostles who were 
at Jerusalem heard that people in Samaria had received the 
Gospel and had been baptized, they sent Peter and John 
down to them. These apostles laid their hands on the heads 
of the people who had been baptized and prayed that they 
might receive the Holy Spirit. They did receive this choice 
gift and their hearts were filled with joy and gladness. 

(Show picture of Peter, James and John appearing to 
Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery, in the book "From 
Plowboy to Prophet.") Here is a picture I want you 
to look at. What do you see? The two men you 
see dressed in black are the Prophet Joseph Smith and 
Oliver Cowdery. Which of them is the Prophet Joseph? 
Who, do you think, the three other men are? They are 
three of the apostles who were with Jesus when He was on 


earth. They are Peter, James pvd John. Which of them, 
do you think, is Peter? Which is James? Now, point to 
John. I told you about Peter and John going to Samaria 
What did they do there? Yes, they laid their hands on the 
heads of people who had been baptized and prayed for them 
that they might receive the Holy Spirit. Now, Joseph and 
Oliver had been baptized. You know who baptized them? 
Yes. Joseph baptized Oliver first, then Oliver baptized Joseph, 
as directed by John the Baptist. But Joseph and Oliver had 
not received the gift of the Holy Spirit. I am sure you can 
tell me for what purpose Peter, James and John came to 
Joseph and Oliver. They came to lay their hands upon 
their heads, so that they might receive the Holy Ghost. 
They also gave Joseph and Oliver authority to lay on hands 
for the gift of the Holy Spirit. When you are eight years 
of age you can be baptized, and by the laying on of the 
hands of the Elders of the Church you, too, will receive this 
great gift. 

Testimonies: Lead members of the class to express 
a desire to keep the commandments of the Lord. 

Song: Second verse of opening song. 

Benediction in concert, led by one of the pupils. 

Lesson 16 — Heeding the Promptings of the Holy 


Thought for the teacher : 

"Let the Holy Spirit's promptings 

Be your daily, constant guide ; 
Let its peaceful, heavenly power 

Ever in your heart abide. 
It will lead in duty's pathway, 

And will never let you stray ; 
It will keep you from all danger, 

And from every evil way." 

Truth to be taught : By heeding the promptings of the 
Holy Spirit we will be guided aright. 


Song: First verse of "Jesus, unto Thee I pray.'' (Pri- 
mary Song Book, No. wfy 

Prayer in concert, led by a member of the class. 
Practice second verse of opening song. 

Memory gem : 

"Let the Holy Spirit's promptings 
Be your daily, constant guide." 

You were told last week how you could receive the gift 
of the Holy Spirit. But before you receive the Holy Spirit 

you will have to be ? At what age should children be 

baptized? How many of you want to be baptized when 
you are eight years of age? What will baptism do for you? 
Yes, it will wash away all your sins. Then you will be 

clean in the sight of the Lord and be ready to receive ? 

How will you receive the gift of the Holy Spirit? Now. 
after you receive the Holy Spirit, you will have to listen to 
and obey its still, small voice. You will have to .do just as 
the memory gem says. (Have children repeat the memory 
gem in concert.) 

I am going to tell you how a little boy was saved from 
getting into trouble by heeding the whisperings of the Holy 
Spirit. One afternoon, in the early fall, four boys were re- 
turning home from school. They came to an orchard in 
which there were several kinds of fruit. One of the boys 
said : "Let us go over into the orchard and get some apples." 
To this two of the other boys agreed. But the fourth boy 
heard a little voice whispering to him : "Do not go into the 
orchard ; if you do you will get into trouble." And the little 
voice said the same thing to the other boys, but they would 
not give heed to it. The three boys started to climb the 
orchard fence. They tried to get the other boy to follow 
them, but he refused. The three boys climbed up into trees 
and began to fill their pockets with apples. Now, the owner 
happened to be in the orchard, but the boys did not see him. 
Just as they had filled their pockets with apples, and were 
coming down the trees, the owner of the orchard came run- 
ning down and caught them. The bovs were terriblv fright- 


ened and began to cry. They thought the man was going 
to have them locked up in jail; but he did not do so. 

Perhaps you have heard of President Wilford Wood- 
ruff. He was one of the best men that ever lived. He was 
President of the Church for many years. The Lord loved 
President Woodruff and revealed great things to him. 
Brother Woodruff learned early in life the lesson you are 
learning today — to listen to and obey the promptings of the 
Holy Spirit. By doing so he and his wife and baby were 
once saved from death. Brother Woodruff was going to 
Boston, to do some work for the Church. Sister Woodruff 
and the baby were with him. They were traveling in a car- 
riage. One night Brother Woodruff drove his carriage into 
a brother's yard in Indiana. He decided to sta)^ there that 
night. The mules were unhitched and tied to a big tree. 
Brother Woodruff, his wife and baby went to bed in the 
carriage. They had been in bed a short time when the 
Spirit of the Lord said to Brother Woodruff: "Get up and 
move your carriage." He arose immediately. Sister Wood- 
ruff asked him what he was going to do. He told her he 
had been warned by the Holy Spirit to move the carriage. 
Brother Woodruff moved the vehicle several rods and set it 
by the side of the house. As he was returning to bed the 
Spirit said : "Go and move your mules away from that oak 
tree." He obeyed the Spirit this time also ; he untied the 
mules and took them to a little grove. Then he went back 
to bed. In less than half an hour a terrible wind storm 
arose. It broke the big tree to which the mules had been 
tied and carried it to the place where the wagon stood before 
Brother Woodruff moved it. The tree would have fallen 
on the wagon, and would in all probability have killed 
Brother Woodruff, his wife and baby. And the mules might 
likewise have lost their lives. 

Questions : What do you think of President Wood- 
ruff? Why did the Lord love him so dearly? What great 
lesson had he learned ? What was he going to Boston for ? 
How was he traveling? Who were with him? What hap- 
pened the night Brother Woodruff camped in the yard in 
Indiana? What lesson may we learn from this experience? 

Testimonies : Relate personal experience, and lead two 


or three of the pupils to express a desire to be guided by 
the Spirit of the Lord. 

Song: Second verse of opening song. 

Benediction in concert, led by one of the children. 

Lesson 17 — Cleanliness. 

Thought for the teacher : "Who shall ascend into the 
hill of the Lord? or who shall stand in his holy place? He 
that hath clean hands and a pure heart ; who hath not lifted 
up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. He shall 
receive the blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from 
the God of his salvation." (Psalm 24:3-5.) 

Truth to be taught : The Spirit of the Lord will not 
dwell in unclean tabernacles. 

Song: First verse of "Tesus bids us shine." (Primary 
Song Book, No. 12.) 

Prayer in concert, led by one of the pupils. 

Practice second verse of opening song. 

Memory gem: "Create in me a clean heart, O God.'' 

Our lessons the last two weeks were about the Spirit of 
the Lord. You know how people receive the gift of the 
Holy Spirit. (Let members of the class tell.) But before 

people receive this great gift they have to be ? What 

does baptism in water do for people? Yes, it washes away 
all their sins. Then they are clean and pure in the sight of 

the Lord; then they are ready to receive ? So you 

see people must be clean in order for them to enjoy the Holy 
Spirit, for the Spirit of the Lord will not dwell in unclean 

A lady wanted a little girl to help her take care of a 
baby. She did not know where to find the right kind of a 
girl. (What kind of a g : rl did the lady want?) Well, one 
day she went out in search of a girl. As she was walking 
down a street she saw a little girl with a clean apron, hold- 
ing a baby in her arms. "This is the maid for me," said the 
lady. She stopped and asked the girl for her mother. 
"Mother has gone out to work," was the reply. "Father is 
dead, and now mother has to do everything." "Should you 
like to come and live with me?" asked the lad v. "I should 


like to help mother," said the little maid. This also pleased 
the lady, and she called to see the girl's mother. The mothei 
was willing for her little daughter to go and live with the 
kind lady. The woman found that the girl was very clean 
and tidy. She had no careless habits ; she could not bear the 
sight of dirt ; everything she had to do with was folded up 
and put away, and kept carefully. The lady finds great 
comfort in the girl and helps her mother. And the girl is 
very happy living with the good, kind woman. 

I heard a short time ago about a, little boy in school 
who when he raised his hand to answer a question, always 
closed his fingers like this. (Show class clenched fist.) The 
boy was afraid to let his teacher see his finger nails. Why? 
Yes, they were dirty, and his mother could not get him to 
keep them clean. Now, this boy often passed the Sacrament 
in Sunday School, and his Sunday School teacher saw his 
dirty finger nails. The teacher began to think of a way in 
which he could teach the boy to keep his fingers and nails 
clean. And at last he found a way. He taught him by a 
verse out of the Bible.' The teacher taught the class a mem- 
ory gem. This is it. ((Have children repeat in concert 
three or four times) : "Be ye clean that bear the vessels of 
the Lord." How, do you think, the boy felt as he heard the 
children repeat this verse ? He did feel bad ; he felt that 
he was not clean in the sight of the Lord, and that he was 
not worthy to pass the Sacrament. And he decided 
that he would never again handle the Sacrament vessels 
with dirty hands or finger nails. From that time on he 
scrubbed his hands and cleaned his finger nails every day. 
How do you think his mother felt? How did he feel? 

Testimonies : Along line of lesson. 

Song: Second verse of opening song. 

Benediction in concert, led by one of the pupils. 

Lesson 18 — On Swearing. 

Thought for the teacher: "Thou shalt not take the 
name of the Lord thy God in vain ; for the Lord will not 
hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain." (Exodus 


Truth to be taught: The Lord is greatly displeased 
with those who take His name in vain. 

Song: First verse of "Jesus bids us shine." ( Primary 
Song Book, No. 12.) 

Prayer in concert, led by one of the pupils. 

Practice second verse of opening song. 

Memory gem : "Thou shalt not take the name of the 
Lord thy God in vain." 

Tell me some of the games you like to play. Which 
game .do you like best? I believe almost all American boys 
like baseball better than any other game. Now, in playing 
games there are certain things you should do and certain 
other things you should not do. Tell me some of the things 
you should do. (Play fair; play good-naturedly.) Now. 
tell me some of the things you should not do. (Should not 
cheat, should not get angry, should not swear.) I have no- 
ticed that when boys get angry they are tempted to swear. 
And this is displeasing to the Lord, for He has said (have 
children repeat in concert) : "Thou shalt not take the name 
of the Lord thy God in vain." 

I read a short time ago about a little boy named Charlie. 
He was a little hero, and I am sure you will think so, too, 
when you hear the story. He was a square-shouldered boy, 
and liked to take long steps like his father. He had a pair 
•of blue overalls which he wore when he played ball and 
other games. There were a number of boys who also wore 
overalls, and they chose Charlie for their leader. These 
dear boys had a big football, which some older brother had 
worn out, and they "blew it up" and patiently mended it day 
by day. They kicked it so hard that sometimes the boy who 
kicked it fell back in the dust. Then they all laughed, for 
that was taken as part of the game. 

Charlie's mother used to say, "Charlie is a born leader. 
O, if I only knew that he would be a good one!" And do 
you know, boys, that is just what some of your mothers are 
thinking now. 

Well, one day a little chap came into the street in which 
Charlie and the other boys were playing. This little boy's 
name was Sullivan. I do not know what sort of parents or 
home this strange boy had, but somewhere he had taken les- 


sons in evil, and before he had been playing' a half hour he 
began to swear, taking the Lord's name in vain. Charlie 
stopped playing and took a long breath. 

"Did you do that a-purpose?" he asked. 

"Yes, and I'll do it again," replied the boy from the 
outside, and he did. 

"Robinson!" cried Charlie to his oldest follower. 

"Here!" answered Willie, running to Charlie's side, 
while the rest of the boys followed. 

"He sweared," said the little captain, standing very 
straight and pointing to the culprit, "and we don't play with 
boys that swear on this street." 

"No, we .don't ; no, no !" they responded. 

"What'll we do with Sullivan?'' 

"You can't do anything. I'll stay here if I'm a mind 
to," said the boy, kicking dust towards them. 

"Not if you swear when the commandments say not to," 
answered Charlie. 

"No, sir; not if you swear," echoed the others. 

"And we won't want you if you've got bad words in- 
side," added the leader. 

"I don't care ; men say 'em on the street," said the de- 
fiant Sullivan. 

"But we don't, and you can't play with us, 'less you 
promise never to again. 

The boy took up a stone to throw, but as he looked at 
the six determined little fellows he dropped it and turned 
sulkily away. 

"Tell your mother to wash out your mouth with soap 
suds," said Willie Robinson. 

"And don't come again till — till you're over it," added 
the captain, as if the dreadful habit was a disease. 

They waited until Sullivan turned a corner, and then 
went on with their play. 

But Charlie's mother, who sat beside an open window, 
could not see to set another stitch until she had wiped the 
tears from her eyes. But they were not "sorry" tears. — 
Mrs. O. W. Scott. 

Questions: What sort of a boy was Charlie? What 
good lesson had he learned? What did his mother think of 


him ? How did Charlie help the other boys? What can you 
say of the Sullivan boy? How did Charlie show his cour- 
age ? What effect, do you think, Charlie's lesson would have 
on the Sullivan boy? 

Testimonies : Lead members of the class to express 
a desire to follow Charlie's example. 

Song: Second verse of opening song. 

Benediction in concert, led by one of the pupils. 

Lesson 19 — Keeping the Sabbath Day Holy. 

Thought for the teacher : "Remember the Sabbath 
day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labor, and do all 
thy work : but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord 
thy God : in it thou shalt not .do any work, thou, nor thy son. 
nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor 
thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates : for in 
six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all 
that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the 
Lord blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed -it." (Exodus 

"And that thou mayest more fully keep thyself un- 
spotted from the world, thou shalt go to the house of prayer 
and offer up thy sacraments upon my holy day ; for verily 
this is a day appointed unto you to rest from your labors, 
and to pay thy devotions unto the Most High." (Doc. and 
Cov. 59:9-10.) 

Truth to be taught : 

"A Sabbath well spent brings a week of content, 
And rest for the toils of the morrow ; 

But a Sabbath profaned, whatsoever be gained. 
Is a sure forerunner of sorrow." 

Song : First verse of "Jesus once was a little child." 
(Primary Song Book, No. 16.) 

Prayer in concert, led by one of the pupils. 
Practice second verse of opening song. 


Memory gem : "Remember the Sabbath day to keep it 

How many days are there in a week? Name them. 
Which day is the best of all? It is also called the Lord's 
day. What has the Lord said concerning the Sabbath .day? 
(Have children repeat in concert: "Remember the Sabbath 
day to keep it holy.") How can you keep the Sabbath day 

There was a little girl named Mary. She was a good 
girl. She wanted to grow up to be a good woman. She 
knew that in order for her to become a good woman she 
would have to keep the commandments of the Lord, and 
one of the Lord's commandments is to keep the Sabbath 
day holy. 

One Sunday two or three other girls tried to persuade 
Mary to go with them to the park and have a good time. 
But Mary said, "No, I had a good time in the park yester- 
day afternoon. I am going to take care of the baby while 
mama goes to church." 

What do you think of Mary? How do you think she 
felt? How did her mama feel? Do you think Mary would 
have felt as happy if she had gone to the park? Why not? 
Do you think Mary's lesson helped the other girls? Yes. it 
did, and I will tell you how. The following Sunday one of 
the girls said to her companions: "I have thought of a 
much better thing we can do today than going to the park 
and having a good time." 

"What is it? Tell us," said the other girls, eagerly. 

"Well," said the first girl, "you know little Johnny 
Thompson has been ill several weeks. He has not been able 
to attend Sunday School, Primary or Religion Class. He is 
able to sit up now, and T think we ought to go down and 
visit him." 

"And take him some flowers," said another girl. 

"Yes, and read him a story out of our Religion Class 
Lesson Book," said a third. 

So the girls got flowers and went down to Johnny's 
home. They found him sitting in the parlor, and you may 
6e sure he was glad to see his little friends. They sang 
songs, read a storv, and when the time came for them to 


leave they felt very happy ; yes, they had happiness they 
would have robbed themselves of if they had gone to the 
park. As they were coming up the street one of the girls 
said, "This is one of the best Sundays I have ever spent." 

How did Mary's lesson help the other girls ? What 
do you think of the girls' way of spending part of the Sab- 
bath? How did they feel after their visit? Would they 
have felt as happy if they had gone to the park? Why not? 

Testimonies : Lead members of the class to tell of 
ways in which they can keep the Sabbath .day holy. 

Song: Second verse of opening song. 

Benediction in concert, led by one of the pupils. 

Lesson 20 — Keeping the Sabbath Day Holy. 

Thought for the teacher: "Blessed is the man that 
doeth this, and the son of man that layeth hold on it; that 
keepeth the Sabbath from polluting it, and keepeth Irs hand 
from doing any evil." (Isaiah 56:2.) 

Truth to be taught : The Lord will bless those who 
keep the Sabbath day holy." 

Song - : First verse of "Jesus once was a little child." 
(Primary Song Book, No. 16.) 

Prayer in concert, led by one of the pupils. 

Practice second verse of opening song. 

Memorv gem : "Remember the Sabbath day to keep it 

Let members of the class tell how they spent the previ- 
ous Sunday. 

I told you last week about a little girl named Mary who 
refused to go to the park on Sunday. You remember that, 
instead of going to the park, she stayed at home and took 
care of the baby while her mother went to church. And 
Mary taught other little girls to keep the Sabbath day holy. 
Instead of going to the park what did the other girls do? 
How did they make Johnny feel? How did they feel? What 
do you think of Mary's plan? 

Today I am going to tell you about another little girl 
named lennie. She lives in Idaho. She has a father, a 


mother and a sister. When the family moved into the ward 
in which they now live they did not belong to the Church. 
They lived just opposite the meetinghouse. One day the 
principal of the Religion Classes called at the home and 
asked the father and mother if they would let their little 
girls attend the Religion Classes. The parents said their 
children could attend the classes if they desired to do so. 
O, how happy the children were when they heard their 
parent say this 1 The following Wednesday the little girls' 
names were put on the Religion Class roll. The children 
fell in love with the work the first week. They learned the 
songs, the memory gems, to pray and to ask a blessing on 
their food. They also learned good lessons, one of which 
I am going to tell you about. 

It was the same lesson you learned last week, and that 
you are learning today — to keep the Sabbath day holy. The 
teacher told the children that the Sabbath is the Lord's 
day ; that He has said that it should be kept holy ; that 
people should not work on that day ; that they should go to 
meeting and worship God, and serve Him in other ways. 

She also told them about a boy who was a splendid 
ball player. Fie was the best pitcher in the county in which 
he lived. And he loved to play baseball. But he loved the 
Lord and would not break His holy day. The other mem- 
bers of the team tried their best to get him to play ball on 
Sunday, but he would not do so. He said : "I will not be a 
member of the team if you play ball on Sunday." And that 
boy succeeded in getting his team, and other teams, too, to 
refrain from playing ball on Sundays. His parents are proud 
of him ; his bishop is proud of him, and he has the respect 
of all the people of the ward in which he resides. 

Now, little Jennie thought about this lesson. She re- 
membered that her father did not always keep the Sabbath 
day holy — that sometimes he worked on the ranch, and other 
times he went out after cattle. One Sunday morning, after 
breakfast, Jennie's father went out and saddled his horse. 
He was just putting his foot in the stirrup when his little 
daughter Jennie came out and said, "Papa, where are you 


"I am going out to hunt cattle, my dear," the father 

Then little Jennie looked up into his face and said, 
"Papa, don't you know that it is a sin to work on Sunday?" 

The father looked down at his little girl. 1 le felt a 
lump gather in his throat, and tears well up in his eyes. He 
took the saddle off the horse, led the animal to the stall, and 
went hack into the house. Since that time he has kept holy 
the Sabbath day. He and his wife and children are now 
members of the Church. 

Why should we keep the Sabbath day holy? How can 
we show respect for the Sabbath? What led little Jennie to 
speak to her father about the Sabbath day ? What can you 
do to help people keep the Sabbath day holy? 

Testimonies : Similar to those of last week. 

Song: Second verse of opening song. 

benediction in concert, led by one of the pupils. 

Lesson 21 — The Word of Wisdom. 

Thought for the teacher : "Cease to be idle ; cease to 
be unclean ; cease to find fault one with another ; cease to 
sleep longer than is needful ; retire to thy bed early, that ye 
may not be weary ; arise early, that your bodies and your 
minds may be invigorated." (Doc. & Cov. 88:124.) 

Truth to be taught: The Lord desires us to take good 
care of our bodies. 

Song: First verse of "In our lovely Deseret." (Pri- 
mary Song Book, No. 79.) 

Prayer in concert, led by one of the pupils. 

Practice second verse of opening song. 

Memory gem : "Retire to thy lied early, that ye may 
not be weary." 

You have all heard of the Prophet Joseph Smith, 
haven't you ? He was one of the greatest prophets that 
ever lived. The Lord loved the Prophet Joseph Smith. Do 
you know why? Tt was because Joseph loved the Lord and 
kept His commandments. And by keeping the command- 
ments of the Lord, Joseph grew up to be a fine, strong, 


healthy man. He could run faster and jump farther than 
any other man in the town in which he lived. And he was 
strong, too. 

The Lord revealed to the Prophet Joseph many great 
things. I am going to tell you one of them. It was that 
the Saints should go to bed early, so that they might be 
refreshed and strengthened by sleep. Sleep is one of the 
great blessings which the Lord has provided for us. By it 
we are refreshed and strengthened, and prepared for the 
work we have to do each day. But if we do not get proper 
rest our minds and bodies will not be refreshed, and we will 
not be able to do our work as well as it should be done. 

Now, you boys and girls should learn to take care of 
your bodies, and one of the best ways to do this is to go to 
bed early. There are some little boys and girls who do not 
like to go to bed early. One evening a number of little 
girls were standing talking together. One said she went 
to bed at eight : another at nine. Mary Davis, a poor, puny 
child, said she did not go to bed till ten, and she said it as 
if it was something to be proud of. Perhaps she thought it 
made a young lady of her, as some foolish boys think smok- 
ing will make men of them. 

"Fanny," they asked, "what time do you go to bed?" 

"I go at seven," answered Fanny. 

"Go to bed at seven !" they all cried, pointing their 
fingers at her. "Before Pd go to bed at seven!" "Go to 
bed at seven !" cried Mary Davis, tossing back her head. 

Do you suppose they hurt Fanny's feelings ? Indeed, 
they did. Fanny never knew before that going to bed at 
seven was anything to be ashamed of. She thought going 
to bed early was proper fof little children. Her mother 
said so ; and was not her mother right ? T think so. 

"You must tell the little girls," said her mother, "that 
you want to catch all you can of God's beautiful sleep in the 
best time of it, and that is when He first draws the curtains 
of the sky. The little birds know, and they go to bed 
early. They never ask to sit up." 

Now, I am going to tell you what going to bed early 
will do for you. (Write the following on the blackboard) : 

It will make you HEALTHY. 


It will make you STRQNG. 

It will give von BRIGHT EYES and RED CHEEKS. 

It will make you CHEEREl'L. 


God gives to nobody such sweet, sound sleep as I [e 
gives to children. There are many grown-up people who 
wish they could sleep as sweetly as a child. Nobody can 
have a child's sweet sleep but a child. Therefore, how fool- 
ish it is for children to try to keep awake, or to want to sit 
up late. They are throwing away one of the Lord's best 
gifts to childhood. 

Little feet, little bodies, little eyes are tired enough to 
go to bed early. Then little eyes wake bright and early ; 
little feet jump up bright and early; and little bodies are 
happy as the early bird singing in the plum-tree. 

Questions: What sort of a boy was Joseph Smith? 
Why did the Lord love Joseph ? What could Joseph do bet- 
ter than any other man in his town ? How did he get 
strength and wisdom ? Tell me one of the things the Lord 
revealed tc the Prophet Joseph. Tell me some of the things 
that going to bed early will do for boys and girls. 

Testimonies : Lead the children to see that by going 
to bed early they keep one of the Lord's commandments, 
and by so doing they will be blessed with health and other 
good things. Let members of the class express their feelings 
on this matter. 

Song : Second verse of opening song. 
Benediction in concert, led by one of the pupils. 


Lesson 22 — A Word of Wisdom. 

Thought for the teacher: "Behold, verilv, thus saith 
the Lord unto you, in consequence of evils and designs 
which do and will exist in the hearts of conspiring men in 
the last days, I have warned you, and forewarn vou, by 
giving unto you this word of wisdom by revelation. 

"That inasmuch as any man drinketh wine or strong 
drink among you, behold it is not good, neither meet in the 


sight of your Father, only in assembling yourselves together 
to offer up your sacraments before him." 

"And again, strong drinks are, not for the belly, but 
for the washing of your bodies. 

"And again, tobacco is not for the body, neither for the 
belly, and is not good for man, but is an herb for bruises and 
all sick cattle, to be used with judgment and skill. 

"And again, hot drinks are not for the body or belly." 

"And all Saints who remember to keep and do these 
sayings, walking in obedience to the commandments, shall 
receive health in their navel, and marrow in their bones. 

"And shall find wisdom, and great treasures of knowl- 
edge, even hidden treasures ; 

"And shall run and not be weary, and shall walk and 
not faint ; 

"And I, the Lord, give unto them a promise, that the 
destroying angel shall pass by them, as the children of 
Israel, and not slay them. Amen." (Doc. & Cov. 89: 
4, 5, 7-9, 18-21.) 

Truth to be taught : Those who observe the Word of 
Wisdom will be blessed with health and strength and with 
great wisdom and knowledge. 

Song: First verse of "In our lovely Deseret." (Pri- 
mary Song Book, No. 79. ) 

Prayer in concert, led by a member of the class. 

Practice second verse of opening song. 

Memory gem : "Hot drinks are not for the body." 

The Lord has told us, through the Prophet Joseph 
Smith, that certain things are not good for us. Name the 
things the Lord has said we should not use. (Write them 
on the blackboard as the children name them. ) What are 
strong drinks? What does strong drink do? (It makes 
men drunk ; it makes them angry ; it causes them to be un- 
kind to their families ; it often leads men to commit terrible 
crimes.) What has the Lord said concerning tobacco? How 
does tobacco affect the body? (It injures the heart; it 
weakens the brain ; it taints the breath ; it sickens people. 
Many men who use tobacco have very little regard for the 
rights of others. Tens of thousands of dollars are wasted 
in tobacco everv vear.) What are hot drinks? (Tea and 


coffeee.) What has the Lord said concerning hot drinks? 
Nearly all doctors agree that tea and coffee are not good 
for the body. The Lqrd has promised great blessings to 
those who observe the Word of Wisdom. He has promised 
them (write on blackboard) : 

1. Health and strength. 

2. Wisdom and knowledge. 

3. That they shall ran and not be weary, and walk and 
not faint. 

Once there was a king who lived in a beautiful palace. 
He was very rich and kept many servants. One day he told 
one of his servants to bring a number of children — boys of 
Israel — to live in the palace. The king wanted strong and 
wise men. So the servant brought the children, and among 
them was a boy named Daniel. When the king saw the chil- 
dren he was well pleased, and he told the servant to give 
them the best food in the palace. He also said they could 
have all the wine and meat they wanted. 

Daniel was a good boy, and had been taught by his par- 
ents and teachers to eat and drink only the things that would 
make him grow strong just as you boys and girls are taught 
to eat and drink things that are good for you. Daniel's 
father and mother had taught their son that some meats 
were not good to eat, and that wine was not good for his 
body. So when the servant brought the boys the food from 
the king's table, Daniel said. "Pliease do not give me wine or 
meat. T would rather have the good food father and mother 
told me will make me strong and beautiful." 

But the servant said : "The king has told me to bring 
you these things, and if 1 disobey him. and you are not as 
strong as the other boys, he will be very angry with me." 

Then Daniel said : "Let me have vegetables, bread and 
water for ten days, and you will see that T will be as strong 
as the others, for the Lord has said that if we will eat and 
drink the things He says are good for us. He will make 
our minds bright and our bodies strong and beautiful." 

So for ten days Daniel lived on vegetables, bread and 
water, as his parents had taught him, while the other boys 
ate the meat and drank the wine that came from the king's 
table. After ten davs the bovs were taken before the kino-. 


and behold, Daniel was the wisest, the strongest and the 
most beautiful of them all. 

Daniel grew to be a wise, strong and great man. The 
king was well pleased with him and made him one of the 
great men of the land. 

Questions : What did the king tell his servant to do ? 
What was the name of one of the boys ? What kind of food 
were the boys to get? What did Daniel say when meat and 
wine were brought him ? What kind of food and drink did 
he ask for ? Why did he ask for these things ? What hap- 
pened at the end of ten days ? What blessings has the Lord 
promised to those who keep the Word of Wisdom ? 


Song: Second verse of opening song. 

Benediction in concert, led by one of the pupils. 

Lesson 23 — Obedience. 

Thought for the teacher : "Though he were a Son, 
yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered ; 

"And being made perfect, he became the author of 
eternal salvation unto all them that obev him." ( Heb. 
5 :8, 9. ) 

Truth to be taught : Willing obedience will bring spir- 
itual and temporal blessings. 

Song: First verse of "I thank Thee, dear Father." 
(Primary Song Book, No. 29.) 

Prayer in concert, led by a member of the class. 

Practice second verse of opening song. 

Memory gem : "Children obey your parents in the 
Lord, for this is right." 

Who loves you dearer than anyone else in the world ? 
How do your mothers show their love for you? (Let chil- 
dren tell.) And your fathers love you. How do they show 
their love for you ? Your parents are much wiser than you. 
They know what is good for you and what is not good for 
you, what you should do, and what you should not do. 
Therefore you should always obey your parents. If you will 
love, honor and obev your parents the Lord will love and 


bless you, and you will he saved a great deal of trouble. T 
have a story I would like to tell you : 

A mother hen once made herself a nest under a barn 
floor and laid some eggs in it, and when she had thirteen 
nice, white eggs she stayed on them to keep them warm, and 
at the end of three weeks the shells of the eggs broke open 
and some little chickens came walking out. 

They were very nice, soft, little chickens, and as soon as 
they were able to walk well, the mother hen took them with 
her into the barnyard. Some of these little chickens were 
good and minded the mother hen when she spoke to them, 
as she did by clucking, and some of the chickens were not 

The good chickens grew to be nice large hens and roost- 
ers after awhile, but the bad chickens got into a great deal 
of trouble and some of them never lived to grow up at all. 

The first chicken that got into trouble was a little white 
fellow, with brown spots on -his wings. When he noticed 
that he was beginning to get feathers he thought he must 
be nearly grown, and he told his mother he wanted to go in- 
to the henhouse and get up on the roost with the big chick- 
ens. He had seen the old rooster walking around with his 
long green tail feathers blowing in the breeze ; he had seen 
him open his beak and crow, and he thought the rooster was 
about the nicest fowl in the barnyard, and he wanted to sit 
beside him on the perch. 

The little chicken's mother knew he could never get 
onto the perch. His wings were not half grown and he could 
not fly. She told him this, too ; she told him there were 
hungry rats around the barnyard and she begged him to 
stay with her. But it was of no use. The foolish chicken 
thought he knew more than his mother, and so off he started 
to the henhouse. 

It was nearly dark when he got there, but he walked 
in with the big chickens and tried to fly onto the perch. Of 
course he could not for he was too small, and when the old 
hens saw him in their house they pecked him. That was the 
way they had of telling him to go back to his mother. 

Still he thought he knew more than the old hens. He 


thought he would wait until they were all asleep and then he 
would try again to get up beside the rooster. 

But by the time the last hen had settled down on the 
perch it was dark, and the poor little chicken could hardly 
see the rooster above his head. Then he began to think of 
his brothers and sisters, all cuddled snug and warm under 
his mother's wings, and he thought he would run back to her 
as fast as ever he could. 

He walked to the door of the hen house and looked out, 
but all the world had turned black. He could not even see 
the barn. 

Feeling very sad and lonesome, he crept back beside the 
henhouse and huddled down in a corner, and after a long 
time he went to sleep. 

After he had been asleep some time he felt something 
jerk him — something had hold of his leg. 

He kicked with all his might and flapped his wings, but 
the thing would not let go, and the harder the poor little 
chicken tried to get away the tighter and tighter this thing- 
held him until the chicken peeped terribly with the pain in 
his leg. 

Still the thing kept biting and biting him, for it was a 
big, hungry rat. 

After the poor chicken had peeped as loud as he was 
able for a few minutes, the old rooster awoke and made 
a crowing noise. Then a hen or two awoke and helped make 
more noise,' and after a time the rat went away, but when 
he went he took one of the little chicken's legs. He had 
eaten it right off the little chicken's body. 

It was a wonder the little chicken did not bleed to 
death, but he did not, and when it came daylight he hobbled 
back to his mother on his one leg. 

This little chicken grew to be quite a rooster and then 
he was killed, for the lady he belonged to said she did not 
like to see him hopping around on one leg. — Selected. 

Questions: Where did the hen build her nest? How 
many eggs did she lay ? What happened at the end of three 
weeks? Were all the little chicks obedient to their mother? 
Where did the little white chicken, with the brown spots 
on his wings want to go ? Whv did he want to go into the 


henhouse? Why did his mother not want him to go into 
the henhouse? What did the white chicken do? What hap- 
pened to him? Why did this trouble come to him? 

Testimonies: Lead the children to tell of incidents in 
their lives brought to mind by this story, and to speak of the 
good that comes through obedience to parents. 

Song: Second verse of opening song. 

Prayer in concert, led by one of the pupils. 

Lesson 24 — Obedience. 

Thought for the teacher : "Wherefore, my brethren, 
T would that ye should consider that the things which have 
been written upon the plates of brass are true ; and they tes- 
tify that a man must be obedient to the commandments of 

"Wherefore, ye need not suppose that T and my father 
are the only ones that have testified, and also taught them. 
Wherefore, if ye shall be obedient to the commandments, 
and endure to the end, ye shall be saved at the last day." 
(1 Nephi 22:30,31.) 

Truth to be taught : By obedience to the command- 
ments of God we shall be saved. 

Song: First verse of "I thank Thee, dear Father." 
(Primary Song Book, No. 29.) 

Prayer .in concert, led by one of the pupils. 

Practice second verse of opening song. 

Memory gem : "Children obey your parents in the 
Lord, for this is right." 

Review last week's lesson. Then tell, in your own 
language, the following story: 

It was a beautiful afternoon in January. The air was 
clear and cold, and there had been a heavy frost for several 
nights, so that all the boys said the ice was excellent for 

Willie Heath trudged along with his skates over his 
arm and his hands in his pockets. It was just the right kind 
of a day for good skating, and Willie should have been verv 


happy about it, but he was not. He looked just as discon- 
tented and unhappy as a boy could possibly look. 

"I think it is a shame," he muttered. "I wonder why 
I can't stay out as late as the other boys. I am twelve years 
old. Tonight it will be moonlight, too, and the boys from 
Melton will be here. And now I have to be home at half- 
past seven ? Why, that will not give us time for anything ; 
it is nearly four o'clock now. I wonder why mothers always 
want their boys to come home early." 

By this time Willie was getting near to the pond where 
the boys were skating, and soon he heard their shouts and 
laughter. Then his face began to brighten. Well, he could 
have a good time while he was there, anyway. 

"Hello, Willie," shouted the boys ; "hurry and get on 
your skates or you will miss all the fun." 

Willie sat down on the bank and soon had his skates on. 
"Come," he said, "and I will race with you across the pond." 
And soon they were skimming over the ice. They played 
all sorts of games on the ice, and forgot that it was a 
cold winter day. How t quickly the time passed ! The sun 
had gone down and the moon was shining brightly. As 
Willie went near the bank, he saw two men standing there. 
"Well," said one, "it is nearly half-past seven. Good- 
night." Nearly half-past seven ! Just about time for Willie 
to go home. 

"I don't want to go home yet," he thought. "The fun 
is just beginning, and the boys from Melton will be here 

"But your mother told you to be home at half-past 
seven," a little voice seemed to say to him. 

"Well, I can't help it if she did. I think it is just too 
bad. What harm would there be if I should stay just a 
little while longer?" But again the little voice said, "But 
you would be disobeying your mother." 

Willie wished the little voice would be quiet ; but instead 
of being quiet it said, "And she does so much for you all the 
time. Can't you do that little thing for her?" 

■By this time Willie was sitting - on the bank. "Yes," he 
thought, as he began to take off his skates, "mother is always 
so good to me. T will e'o home right awav." 


As Willie went whistling along, somehow the moon 
seemed to shine more brightly than ever. He was soon 
home, and hurrying in, he found his mother sitting by the 
fire. She looked up at the clock and said. "Just on time, 
my boy ! I thought you would be." And Willie was thinking, 
"How glad I am that I came right home !" 

"Willie, dear, will you please go in the other room and 
bring me that book off the table?" 

"Yes, mother." He hurried to the room. He opened 
the door and — 

"Surprise," shouted some one in the room. Willie 
looked around and saw about twenty of his fjiends, and on 
the other side of the room stood the boys from Melton whom 
he had expected to meet on the pond. 

What a good time they had ! The evening seemed alto- 
gether too short, and the boys and girls went home say- 
ing it was the best "surprise" of the season ; and Willie, too, 
thought it was one of the happiest nights of his life, for he 
had gained a victory. Can you tell me what the victory 

Questions : Why was Willie not happy ? What did he 
want to do? Why did he want to stay out late? What 
time did his mother tell him to be home? Why do mothers 
want their boys and girls to come home early? What 
helped Willie to obey his mother? How did Willie feel 
after he decided to obey his mother? Was Willie repaid 
for going home early? How? Whom must you obey besides 
your parents ? What does your heavenly Father do for 
you? How can you show your love for your heavenly 
Father ? How do vou think He will bless you if vou obey 
Him ? 

Testimonies : Along lines of lesson. 

Song: Second verse of opening song. 

Prayer in concert, led by a member of the class. 

Lesson 25 — Respecting the Rights of Others. 

Thought for the teacher : "We claim the privilege of 
worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our 
own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let 


them worship how, where, or what they may." ( Joseph 

Truth to be taught : To treat others as we would like 
them to treat us. 

Song: First verse of "Let's be kind to one another." 
(Primary Song Book, No. 81.) 

Prayer in concert, led by a member of the class. 

Practice second verse of opening song. 

Memory gem : Do unto others as ye would that they 
>hould do unto you." Analyze this scripture, so that the 
jhildren may get a proper understanding of it. 

Another lesson we must all learn is to have respect for 
the rights of others. There are some big people who haven't 
learned that lesson yet. Sometimes big boys and girls 
whisper and talk in meetings, and by so doing disturb people 
who are sitting near them, so that these people cannot enjoy 
che sermon. Such young people do not respect the rights 
jf others. 

An entertainment was given in a ward a short time ago. 
A little boy came in and sat down in the front seat. A num- 
ber of other boys came in and sat down in the front seat. 
They so crowded the seat that they crowded the little boy 
off and he had to go and find another seat. What do you 
think of such conduct? 

One day a man was traveling on a train. He had his 
overcoat and suit case in the seat with him. At a certain 
station the train stopped twenty minutes. The man got off 
the train, to get fresh air, and exercise. A woman got on 
the train. She set the man's suit case out in the aisle, put his 
overcoat on top of it and took possession of his seat. That 
woman had to learn something, what? 

I know a little girl who hasn't learned to respect the 
rights of others. When playing at skipping the rope she 
wants to skip twice as much as the other girls ; and when 
playing baseball she wants to bat twice as much as any other 
player. This little girl will have to do better or she will 
grow up to be a very selfish woman. 

The teacher may add to these illustrations some of her 
own experience. 

Questions : How should boys and girls conduct them- 


selves at religious services? What do you think of the boys 
that crowded the little boy off the front seat? What do you 
think of the woman who took the man's seat on the train? 
I low would yon feel if people were to treat you this way? 
I low should boys and girls act while at play? 

Testimonies : -Lead members of the class to tell how 
they can resp.ect the rights of others. 

Song: Second verse of opening song. 

Benediction in concert, led by one of the pupils. 

Lesson 26 — Cheerfulness. 

Thought for the teacher: "I will praise thee, O Lord, 
with my whole heart ; I will show forth all thy marvelous 

"I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praises 
to thy name, O thou most High." ( Psalms 0:1 ,2.) 
"It's the songs ye sing and the smiles ye wear 
That's a-making the sunshine everywhere." 

Truth to be taught : A glad heart and a cheerful coun- 
tenance is pleasing unto the Lord." 

Song: First verse of "Jesus wants me for a sunbeam." 
(Deseret Sunday School Songs, No. 211.) 

Prayer in concert, led by a member of the class. 

Practice second verse of opening song. 

Memory gem : "Keep sweet and keep smiling." 

A short time ago I saw flowers growing up the porch 
of a beautiful home. As I passed the house, early in the 
morning, I noticed that the petals of the flowers were closed. 
When I was returning at noon they were open. What opened 
them? Tn the evening the petals closed again. Why? 
Now, people are like flowers — their hearts open to love and 
kindness and cheerfulness. Crossness and unkindness close 
people's hearts. Boys and girls, men and women, make a 
great mistake by being cross and disagreeable. I know a 
little girl who caused a lot of trouble in her home by being — ? 
How do you think she acts when her mother asks her to 
help with the dishes ? Yes, and she almost cries every time 
she is requested to go to the store. And when her mother 


tells hei to make the beds she frowns and says, "Why don't 
you get sister to make them?" How does this make her 
mother feel? How does the little girl feel. I know a song 
this little girl ought to learn. You know it, too. (Let chil- 
dren guess.) Yes, it is "Jesus wants me for a sunbeam. 
Let us repeat the first verse.) What, do you think, Jesus 
would say if He were to talk to her? 

And there are some little boys who are just as cross and 
disagreeable as some little girls. I heard of one a short 
time ago. His name is Charlie. One morning Charlie went 
to his father and said: "Father, Willie Morris had his 
photograph taken. I do want to have mine. Please let me. 
Wouldn't you and mother like to have one of me, father? 

"But I have lots of photographs of you, Charlie," said 
his father. "In fact, I take one with me every day to town. 
I take a different one every day. Sometimes they are very 
ugly ; but they are always like my little boy." 

"Oh, father ! Are you making fun ? Why, I never had 
my photograph taken," said Charlie, his eyes staring wide 
with surprise. 

"Oh, yes, you have ; for I take one of you, though you 
don't know it, every morning before I go to town," said 
his father, as he hung his hat on the peg in the hall, and, 
sitting down in a chair, drew the little boy toward him. 
"This morning when I started from home to go to my of- 
fice I took a protograph of you and put it in my pocket. I 
didn't take it with a camera, but with my eyes, and the 
pocket I put it in was not my coat, but I put it in the pocket 
called memory, which I carry in my head. I have kept it 
there all day." 

"Shall I tell you what the photograph I have carried 
about with me all day was like — the one I took this morning 
of my little boy ?" asked his father, softly, as he drew him 
closer to his knee. 

"Please, father," Charlie whispered low. 

"It was a dark, ugly photograph. There was a frown 
on his brow, and an angry light in his eye, and his mouth 
was shut up very tight ; indeed, so tight that he could .not 
possibly open it to say 'Good-bye' to father ; and all because 
he wasnt' allowed to go out to the garden to play ball before 


breakfast, because it was raining'. So he let father go away 
to town with a very ugly photograph of Charlie to look at 
all dav, instead of the bright, pleasant one he might have 

Charlie's head hung so low it seemed as if he never 
would look up again. 

"I don't know what kind of a photograph mother took 
of you when you were going to school. I hope it was nicer 
than mine ; and I know she wants a nice one left with her 
every day while you are at school, just as badly as 1 want 
one to take to town. Will Charlie, try not to give us ugly 
ones any more ?" 

Charlie looked up now and whispered, '*f will try, 

From that day Charlie was a different boy. Do you 
know why? 

Questions : How did Charlie's father take his boy's 
photograph? What kind of a picture was it? How did 
Charlie's parents feel? What can you say of Charlie's ac- 
tions ? How could he have made himself and his parents 
happy? After the conversation with his father what did he 
resolve to do? 

Testimonies : Lead children to express their determin- 
ation to be cheerful and pleasant, and thus make their par- 
ents and others happy. 

Song: Second verse of opening song. 

Benediction in concert, led by one of the pupils. 

Lesson 27 — Courage. 

Thought for the teacher: "For whosoever shall be 
ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of 
Man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and 
in his Father's, and of the holy angels." (Luke 9:26.) 

Truth to be taught : Courage to do right wins the 
favor of the Lord. 

Song: First verse of "Dare to do right." (Primary 
Song Book, No. 74.) 

Prayer in concert, led by one of the pupils. 


Practice second verse of opening song". 

Memory gem: "Do what is right, let the consequence 

Our lesson today is — Courage. The world admires 
men and women who are courageous — that is, men and 
women who are brave. There are many brave boys and 
girls in the world. I saw a little boy a few days ago who 
had to undergo an operation in one of the hospitals in Salt 
Lake City. His heart was so weak that the doctors could 
not give him anything to deaden the pain, so he grated his 
teeth, mustered all his courage, and underwent the opera- 
tion without shedding a tear. And I know a little girl who 
broke her arm roller skating. She suffered a great deal of 
pain, but she bore up bravely; she told her mamma that it 
didn't hurt much. Nights she would lie awake for hours, 
but she would not disturb her mother or father. And I 
know another little girl who was having some teeth treated 
by a dentist. Her mother went with her two or three times. 
One Saturday the little girl saw that her mother had a great 
deal of work to do, so she just screwed up courage and said : 
"Mother, I will go to the dentist alone today. Of course, I 
would like you to come with me, but I know you are very 
busy, and I will not ask you to come." What do you think 
of this little girl ? Let members of the class tell of acts of 
bravery they may know of. Then tell, in your own language, 
the following story : 

It was the beginning of vacation when Mr. Davis, a 
friend of my father, came to see us, and asked my parents 
to let me go home with him. I was much pleased with the 
thought of going out of town. The journey was delightful, 
and when we reached Mr. Davis' house everything looked 
as if we were going to have a fine time. Fred Davis, a boy 
about my own age, took me cordially by the hand, and all 
the family soon seemed like good friends. "This is going 
to be a vacation worth having," I said to myself several 
times during the evening, as we all played games, told rid- 
dles, and laughed and chatted merrily as could be. 

At last Mrs. Davis said it was almost bedtime. Then I 
expected family prayers, but we were soon directed to our 
chambers. How strange it seemed to me, for I had never 


before been in a* household without the family altar. "Come,'' 
said Fred, "mother saws you and 1 are going to be bedfel- 
lows," and i followed him up two pair of stairs to the nice 
little chamber which he called his room ; and he opened a 
drawer and showed me a box and boat, and knives and pow- 
der-horn, and all his treasures, and told me a world of new 
things about what the boys did there. He undressed first 
and jumped into bed. \ was much longer about it, for a 
new set of thoughts began to rise in my mind. 

When my mother put my portmanteau into my hand, 
just before the coach started, she said tenderly, in a low 
tone, "Remember, Robert, that you are a Christian boy." 1 
knew very well what that meant, and 1 had just now come 
to a point of time when her words were to be minded. At 
home I was taught the duties of a Christian child; abroad 
I must not neglect them, and one of these was evening 
prayer. From a very little boy I had been in the habit of 
kneeling and asking forgiveness of God, for Jesus' sake, and 
acknowledging His mercies, and seeking His protection and 

"Why don't you come to bed, Robert?" cried Fred. 
"What are you sitting there for?" I was afraid to pray, 
and afraid not to pray. It seemed that I could not kneel 
down and pray before Fred. What would he say? Would 
he not laugh ? The fear of Fred made me a coward. Yet 
T could not lie down on a prayerless bed. [f T needed the 
protection of my heavenly Father at home, how much more 
abroad ! 1 wished many wishes ; that I had slept alone, that 
Fred would go to sleep, or something else. I hardly knew 
what. But Fred would not go to sleep. 

Perhaps struggles like these take place in the bosom 
of every one when he leaves home and begins to act for 
himself, and on his decision may depend his character for 
time, and for eternity. With me the struggle was severe. 
At last to Fred's cry, "Come, boy, come to bed," I mustered 
courage to say, "I will kneel down and pray first; that is 
always my custom." 

"Pray?" said Fred, turning himself over on his pillow, 
and saying no more. His propriety of conduct made me 
ashamed. Here I had long been afraid of him, and yet 


when he knew my wishes he was quiet and left me to myself. 
How thankful I was that duty and conscience triumphed. 

That settled my future course. It gave me strength for 
time to come. I believe that the decision of the "Christian 
boy," by God's blessing, made me the Christian man ; for 
in after years I was thrown amid trials and temptations 
which must have drawn me away from God and from virtue, 
had it not been for my settled habit of secret prayer.— From 
Sabbath Readings for the Home Circle. Published by M. A. 
Yroman, Nashville, Tenn. 

Questions : Why was Robert pleased with the thought 
of going out of town ? What did he expect when Mrs. 
Davis said it was almost bedtime? Why did he expect the 
family to pray ? How did he feel when prayers were not 
said? What did Robert's mother say to him when he was 
leaving home? What had Robert been taught to do? Why 
was he afraid to pray? Why was he afraid not to pray? 
How did he show his courage? How did he feel after he 
had prayed? 

Testimonies: Along line of lesson. 

Song: Second verse of opening song. 

Benediction in concert, led by one of the pupils. 

Lesson 28 — Kindness to Animals. 

Thought for the teacher: "I would not enter on my 
list of friends, though graced with polished manners and 
fine sense, yet wanting sensibility, the man who needlessly 
sets his foot upon a worm." (Cowper.) 

Truth to be taught : In caring for birds we help to 
make the world brighter and better. 

Song: "Let's be kind to one another." (Primary Song 
Book, No. 81 A 

Prayer in concert, led by one of the pupils. 
Practice second verse of opening song. 
Memory gem : 

Let members of the class name the different birds they 
know. Have you ever seen a bird's nest? What was it 


made of? Who taught the birds to build their nests? There 
are certain birds that come early in the spring. Name them. 
Do you like to see these birds? Why? How do the birds 
help us? What would happen if all the birds were to die? 
I am going to tell you a story : 

Once there was a boy who was a good marksman with 
a stone or a sling-shot, or a bow-and-arrow or a crossbow, 
or an air-gun, or anything he took aim with. So he went 
about all day, aiming at everything he came near. Even at 
his meals he would think about good shots at the clock, 
or the cat, or the flies on the wall, or anything he chanced 
to see. 

Near where he lived there lived a little bird that had a 
nest and five young birds. So many large mouths in small 
heads, always open wide for food, kept her hard at work. 

She was glad to do it, and went on day after day, al- 
ways flying off with a gay chirp, and back with a bit of 
some kind of food. 

One day when she had picked up a worm, and perched 
a minute on the wall before flying to her nest, the good 
marksman saw her and of course aimed at her and hit her 
in the side. She was much hurt and in great pain, yet she 
fluttered and limped, and dragged herself to the foot of the 
tree where her nest was, but she could not fly up to the 
nest, for her wing was broken. She chirped a little, and the 
young ones heard her, and as they were hungry they chirped 
back loudly, and she knew all their voices, even the weak 
note of the smallest of all ; but she could n®t come up to 
them, nor even tell them why she did not come. And when 
she heard the call of the small ones, she tried again to rise, 
but only one of her wings would move, and that just turned 
her over on the side of the broken wing. All the rest of 
that day the little mother lay there, and when she chirped 
her children answered, and when they chirped she answered, 
only when the good marksman chanced to pass by ; then 
she kept quite still. But her voice grew fainter and weaker 
and late in the day the young ones could not hear it any 
more, but she could still hear them. 

Some time in the night the mother bird died, and in the 


morning she lay there quite cold and stiff, with her dim 
eyes still turned up to the nest where her young- ones were 
dying of hunger. But they did not die so soon. All day 
long they slept, until their hunger waked them up, and then 
they called until they were so tired they fell asleep again. 
The next night was very cold and they missed their mother's 
warm breast and before day-dawn they all died, one after 
the other, excepting the smallest one, which was lowest 
down in the nest, and in the morning he pushed up his 
head and opened his yellow mouth to be fed ; but there was 
no one to feed him : and so he died, too, at last, with his 
mouth wide open and empty. 

And so, the good marksman had killed six birds with 
one shot — the mother and her five little ones. Do you not 
think he must be a proud boy? Should you not like to do 
the same? If you know him, please read this little tale to 
him. He may like to hear it. — Joseph Kirkland in St. Nich- 

Questions : Look at these pictures. What do you see 
in the first picture ? Why did the bird build her nest in the 
tree ? What do you see in the nest. How many eggs ? 
What do you see in the second picture? What is the name 
of the bird? What color is the robin? Why is the robin 
sitting on the nest ? What will happen in a short time ? 
What do you see in the third picture? The mother bird 
seems to be very happy. Why is she happy ? What do you 
see in the nest? What do the baby birds want? What 
kind of food? What thoughts were always in the mind of 
the boy you heard about in the story? What happened one 
day when a mother bird was taking food to her young ones? 
How many lives did the boy take with one shot? What do 
you think of the boy? What would Jesus say to such a boy? 
How can we show our heavenly Father that we love the 
birds and animals? 

Testimonies : Along lines of lesson. 
Song : Second verse of opening song. 
Benediction in concert, led by one of the pupils. 


Lesson 29 — Kindness to Animals. 

Thought for the teacher : 

"He prayeth best who loveth best, 
All things both great and small ; 
For the dear Lord who loveth us, 
He made and loveth all." 
Truth taught: We please the Lord by showing- 
kindness to our feathered friends. 

Song: First verse of "Let's be kind to one another." 
(Primary Song Book, No. 81.) 

Prayer in concert, led by a member of the class. 
Practice second verse of opening song. 

Memory gem : 

"Little deeds of kindness, 

Little words of love, 
Help to make earth blossom 

Like the heaven above." 

Review, by means of the picture, last week's lesson. 

(Show picture of Gull Monument.) Tell me what you 
see in this picture. This is a monument. Do you know 
where it is ? Yes, it is on the temple block in Salt Lake 
City. This monument was erected by the Latter-day Saints. 
What is it made of ? What is the name of the birds on the 
monument? Did you ever see birds like these? Where 
did you see them ? What is the name of these birds ? 
Have any of you ever seen the Great Salt Lake? Did you 
see birds like these there? What were they doing? Did you 
ever see gulls in fields in which men were plowing? What 
were the birds doing in the fields? Would you like to hear 
a story? 

What I am going to tell you took place a long time ago 
— soon after the arrival of the pioneers in Salt Lake valley. 
The pioneers were very poor, and they had very hard times. 
The land was so hard and dry that some people thought 
the pioneers would not be able to live in the valley. The 
pioneers had to work very hard clearing the land of rocks 




and digging out the sagebrush. Then they plowed some 
of the land and planted wheat in it. They knew that if they 
were to have food the next winter they would have to plant 
the seed they had brought with them. 

The pioneers watered and tended the seed so well that 
soon it began to grow, and in a short time there were large 
fields of tender green blades of wheat. The pioneers were 
very happy. They would have enough wheat to make all 
the bread they would need the following winter, and they 
would have enough for friends who were coming later. 

But soon their gladness was turned into sorrow. A ter- 
rible thing happened. There came from the mountains 
swarms of crickets. Crickets are like grasshoppers, only 
much larger, and black. The crickets entered the wheat 
fields and began to eat the tender, green blades of wheat. 
There were so many crickets that they almost covered the 
fields. The pioneers were in great distress. It seemed as if 
all their labor would be lost, that the entire wheat crop 
would be destroyed. Men, women and children left theii 
work and hastened to the fields to try to save the crops. 
They did all in their power to destroy the crickets, but their 
efforts were in vain. As fast as they killed the pests others 
came to take their place. Then the pioneers saw that if they 
did not receive help from the Lord they would lose their 
crops. So they began to pray to the Heavenly Father to help 
them. And He did send help to them. Suddenly they saw, 
coming from the lake, something that looked like a cloud. 
What could it be ? Some of the people thought more crick- 
ets were coming. But they were mistaken. Then they 
heard the flapping of wings and the cry of birds. A little 
later large flocks of gulls lit in the wheat fields and began 
to devour the crickets. The gulls destroyed the crickets and 
thus saved the crops and the lives of the pioneers. Now you 
know why the Latter-day Saints love the gulls, and why 
they erected a beautiful monument to the birds. Would yon 
like to thank heavenly Father for sending the gulls to save 
the crops of the pioneers? (The teacher will lead in prayer, 
and the children will repeat in concert.) 

Song: Second verse of opening song. 

Benediction, in concert, led by one of the pupils. 


Lesson 30 — Fault-finding. 

The aim of this lesson is to teach the children to refrain 
from the evil of fault-finding". 

Song: First verse of "Nay, Speak No Til" (Deserct 
Sunday School Songs, No. 88.) 

Prayer in concert. 

Memory gem : "Cease to find fault one with another.*' 

T think one of the worst habits a person can form is the 
habit of fault-finding. What do we mean by fault-finding? 
(Let the children express their thoughts on this subject V 
A few days ago two little boys were riding on a street car. 
One of them — the elder — found fault with his little brother 
so often that a gentleman had to reprove him. The elder 
boy would say to his brother, "Don't touch the shade. Don't 
point to things on the street." Don't do this. Don't do that. 
Finally a gentleman sitting in the next seat turned and said 
to the fault-finder, "Let your little brother alone. You 
have made him so nervous by finding fault with him since he 
got on the car that he is almost ready to jump out of the 

The gentleman felt sorry for the little boy who had a 
brother who was continually finding fault with him. The 
little fellow was made very unhappy by his brother finding 
fault with everything he did. And because of his continu- 
ous nagging and fault-finding the elder brother may make 
a fault-finder out of his little brother. 

There is a story told about a little boy who entered 
school for the first time. The teacher was putting the chil- 
dren's names on the roll. When she came to the little fel- 
low she asked. "What is your name?" "Tohnny," answered 
the boy. "What is your other name?" "Tohnny Don't." 
"Johnny Don't." repeated the teacher. "That is a very 
strange name — Johnny Don't." "That is what mv mother 
calls me." said the boy. The little fellow had heard his 
mother say to him so often. "Johnny, don't," that he had 
concluded that that was It's name. 

A man who is a member of our Church said to another 
member: "I do not like to be in the companv of Brother 


S . Every time I get into conversation with him he 

finds fault with some of the authorities of the Church. And 
I am sorry to say that once or twice I have partaken of his 
spirit and have found fault with some of my brethren. I 
have said things I wish I hadn't said, and of which I have 
sincerely repented. I felt condemned just as soon as I said 
them. I prayed to the Lord to forgive me and promised 
Him that I would never again find fault with and criticise 
His servants." 

I know the reason why the man felt bad — he had 
broken one of the Lord's commandments — the command- 
ment we have today for a memory gem. Let us repeat it 
again, "Cease to find fault one with another." The Lord 
gave this commandment to the Church through the Prophet 
Joseph Smith. The Prophet Joseph said that a person takes 
the first step towards apostasy when he begins to find fault 
with the authorities of the Church. And the Prophet told 
the truth. Many people have lost their membership in the 
Church through finding fault with the Lord's servants. 

I am going to tell you now how Jesus, in a very kind, 
polite way, reproved a man for finding fault with Him. 
Think of a man finding fault with Jesus, the Son of God ! 

One day a man named Simon, a Pharisee, invited Jesus 
to come to his home and dine with him. Jesus accepted the 
kind invitation. As Jesus was sitting in Simon's home a 
woman came to see Him. Now, this woman had done many 
things that were wrong — she was a sinner. She knew that 
Jesus was good and kind and loving and merciful, and she 
believed that if she were to go to Him He would help her 
to do better. So she came quietly into the home of Simon. 
She felt that she was not worthy to stand before Jesus and 
look into His face, so she stood behind Him. Then she 
began to cry, and the great, big tears ran down her cheeks. 
She cried because she was 'standing beside One who was 
pure and holy, while she was a great sinner. Then she knelt 
down and washed the feet of Jesus with her tears and wiped 
them with the hair of her head. She kissed the Savior's 
feet and anointed them with ointment she had brought. 

When Simon saw this he was displeased, and he found 
fault with Testis. He said to himself, "If this man were a 


prophet, he would have known who and what manner of 
woman this is that toucheth him ; for she is a sinner" 

Now, Jesus knew the thoughts that were in Simon's 
mind, so He said, 'Simon, I have somewhat to say unto 
thee." And Simon said, "Master, say on." 

And Jesus said, "There was a certain creditor which 
had two debtors : the one owed five hundred pence, and the 
other fifty : and when they had nothing- to pay, he frankly 
forgave them both. Tell me, therefore, which of them will 
love him most? 

"Simon answered and said, I suppose that he to whom 
he forgave most.' And Jesus said unto him "Thou hast 
rightly judged." Then Jesus turned and pointing to the 
woman said to Simon: "Simon, seest thou this woman? I 
entered into this house, thou gavest me no water for my 
feet : but she hath washed my feet with tears, and wiped 
them with the hairs of her head. Thou gavest me no kiss : 
but this woman, since the time I came in, hath not ceased to 
kiss my feet. My head with oil thou didst not anoint : but 
this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment. Where- 
fore I say unto thee. Her sins, which are many, are all for- 
given." Then Jesus turned to the woman and said, "Thy 
sins are forgiven." 

Questions : How, do you think, Simon felt while Jesus 
was talking to him? What effect would Jesus' words have 
upon Simon? What do you think of Jesus' way of reprov- 
ing Simon ? What commandment .did the Lord give the 
Church concerning fault-finding? What does finding fault 
with the authorities of the Church lead to? 


Song : Same as opening. 

Prayer in concert. 

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